Applying to Residencies and Fellowships
Get tips and guidance on how to craft competitive applications for opportunities that provide time to write and recognition for your work.
What you can learn.
- Generate drafts of application materials you can use to further your career
- Read and discuss sample application materials
- Learn what makes applications compelling and successful
- Identify opportunities that might be right to support you and your work
About this course:In Virginia Woolf’s essay, A Room of One’s Own, she said, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” However, sustaining a writing practice in today’s climate can be both isolating, challenging, and time consuming when dealing with our own life obligations and occupations. You don’t have to do it alone. In this course, we work collaboratively to generate drafts of application materials to submit for funding and support for our written work. Each week, we read sample application materials from residencies, writing conferences, and fellowships, to identify what is effective, and how our style and voice is influenced by the projects we’re proposing. We discuss what makes a successful, memorable application, what not to do, and practice giving and receiving developmental feedback on how we can better represent our projects. We also explore the types of funding available, what works for us, and strategies that streamline our application process. Weekly exercises put theory into practice, and tips and tricks from behind-the-scenes stats are given.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Course content is delivered through an online learning platform where you can engage with your instructor and classmates. There are no required live meetings, but assignments are due regularly.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.
This course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.