The Writer’s Center Announces Undiscovered Voices Fellowship
New Program Offers Writers Opportunity to Take Workshops for One Year
BETHESDA, MD (July 8, 2009)—The Writer’s Center announces the formation of a new initiative: the Undiscovered Voices Fellowship.
Because The Writer’s Center believes writers of all backgrounds and experiences should have an opportunity to devote time and energy toward the perfection of their craft, we are accepting applications from promising writers earning less than $25,000 annually to apply for our Undiscovered Voices Fellowship. This fellowship program will provide complimentary writing workshops to the selected applicant for a period of one year, but not to exceed 8 workshops in that year. We expect the selected fellow will use the year to make progress toward a completed manuscript of publishable work.
The selected fellow will be able to attend writing workshops offered by The Writer’s Center free of charge. In addition, the fellow will give a reading from his or her work at the close of the fellowship period (June 2010) and will be invited to speak with local high school students on the craft of writing.
To apply, candidates should submit
a) a cover letter signed by the candidate that contains the statement: “I understand and confirm I meet all eligibility requirements of the Undiscovered Voices Fellowship.” The cover letter should include information on the impact this fellowship would have on the candidate.
b) contact information for two references who can speak to the candidate’s creative work and promise
c) a work sample in a single genre:
· 8 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page
· 10 pages of fiction, double-spaced, no more than 1 work or excerpt
· 10 pages of nonfiction (essay, memoir, etc), double-spaced, no more than 1 work or excerpt
· 15 pages of a script or screenplay
These items should be sent in hard copy to The Writer’s Center, Attn: Undiscovered Voices Fellowship, 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda MD 20815. The deadline is September 15, 2009.
About The Writer’s Center
The Writer’s Center, a 501(c) 3 established in 1976, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest independent literary centers. We provide over 60 free public events and more than 200 writing workshops each year, sell one of the largest selections of literary magazines in our on-site bookstore, and publish Poet Lore, America’s oldest continually published poetry journal. The Writer's Center is supported in part by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.