Image: View of Wallenberg Hall on the Stanford University Main Quad (King of Hearts via Wikimedia Commons)
Stanford University in California is accepting applications for the Wallace Stegner Fellowship program for 2018 – 2020. A total of ten fellowships will be awarded.
A Wallace Stegner Fellowship provides writers with a living stipend of US$26,000 per year for a period of two years. In addition, fellows’ tuition and health insurance are paid for by the University’s creative writing program. Five of the fellowships will be awarded to fiction writers and five will be awarded to poets.
Image: The 2016/2017 Emerging Writers Fellowship Writers (L to R) Juel Taylor, Josephine Green, Brian Buccellato, Leon Hendrix and Roseanne McAleese
Applications are now open for the Universal Writers Program, a year-long paid fellowship program for up-and-coming screenwriters. The program seeks to identify writers with unique, global perspectives and to develop storytellers with the intent to incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.
The primary goal of the one-year program is for the selected writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed. In addition to penning two feature-length scripts, writers will participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative approach, personal presentation skills and overall knowledge of the studio production process.
Popular news and entertainment website BuzzFeed is accepting applications for its third annual fellowship program for emerging writers.
The program aims to provide writers with the support, mentorship and experience necessary to “take a transformative step forward in their careers.” The writers selected for fellowships in 2018 will each receive a US$14,000 stipend and spend four months working with the senior editorial staff at the New York City office of BuzzFeed News.
Start Writing Fiction is a free online course offered by The Open University. The eight-week program focuses on a skill which is central to the writing of all stories and novels – creating characters.
Participants will hear from a number of successful authors, including Michele Roberts, Alex Garland, and Louis de Bernieres, as they talk about how they started writing. The rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal will also be explored.
Iceland Writers Retreat is offering talented writers from around the world the chance to attend its April 2018 program for free.
For this scholarship program, writers can apply for either full or partial funding. The full funding scholarship includes a round-trip airfare plus the full retreat package including accommodation, tours, most meals and all workshops for the duration of the event. Partial funding covers the participant costs only and does not include accommodation or flights.