Funded fellowships are available for all writers’ workshops

Fellowship Awards are available to those who wish to participate in our Writers’ Workshop Program, January 5 – 9, 2025. (Applications will open in the spring.) We aim to support the development of diverse new voices in American literature and provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to attend.

Fellows receive full fee waivers ($675 value) to the workshop of their choice, as well as financial assistance to offset lodging costs, as needed, for four nights.

Spaces are reserved in each workshop for fellowship recipients. If you would like to apply for a Workshop Fellowship Award and a class is listed as full, please do not be deterred. Award recipients are responsible for their travel costs and most meals. Priority will be given to those who have not previously received KWLS support.

We strongly encourage you to apply before the priority deadline of August 1 to improve your chances of receiving an award. You can expect to hear from us in the early fall.

Please review the guidelines below. When you are ready to apply, complete the application form and upload the required documents via Submittable.

Important Dates:

Now open. Priority deadline August 1, 2024.

Apply before the August deadline to improve your chances of receiving an award. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the deadline has passed.

Eligibility:

We encourage writers of all levels and abilities to apply for fellowship funding. We aim to support the development of diverse new voices in American literature and provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to attend. Priority is given to those who have not previously received KWLS support.

How to Apply for a Workshop Fellowship

Fellowship applicants must complete a single application via Submittable that includes all materials required for the workshop(s) you are applying for.

Fellowship Application Requirements:

a. Fellowship request letter: In approximately 750 words, please tell us about yourself as a reader and writer, how you heard about the Workshop Program, and why you would like to attend. Please tell us about your financial situation and whether or not you would be able to attend without our support.

b. Workshop required materials: Review the course description for the workshop(s) you wish to participate in and prepare any and all required materials. You will then upload these as part of the application. Please note: when applying for a fellowship in an “All Levels” workshop, we request a writing sample; please upload a sample that best reflects your work (up to five pages).

You may apply for up to two workshops, indicating a first choice and second choice. If you are applying for two All Levels workshops, you may use the same writing sample for both workshops if you wish.

c. References:
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two persons who are familiar with you and your work.

**Please note that applying for a fellowship to participate in one of our workshops is an “all or nothing” proposition. If your application is approved, you will be accepted into the workshop and you will receive a fellowship offer. However, if your application is denied, you will not have the opportunity to participate in the workshop, even if you decide you are able to pay the normal enrollment fee. If you can afford to attend the workshop without the aid of a funded fellowship, please apply using the standard application. A maximum of two spots in each workshop are reserved for fellowship recipients, so this route is much more competitive.