Teen Writers Fellowship
“I heard over 30 pitches at a conference and the fellows involved in this program were the most professional, most creative, and most prepared. They asked brilliant questions and were able to answer tough questions about their projects, something many of the adults pitching had some trouble with. Meeting with them was the highlight of the conference. I cannot wait to get their manuscripts in my inbox! I wish there were programs like this across the country.”—Caitie Flum, agent at Liza Dawson Associates in New York
The Muse Teen Writers Fellowship provides teen writers with the opportunity to further their skills in classes and workshops at the Muse Writers Center. Fellows receive one-on-one mentorship from a professional writer, and the program is tuition-free. A limited number of fellow spots (8) are available.
The Teen Writers Fellowship is valued at $2,350 per student for the instruction, classes, feedback, mentorship, administration feeds, & supplies. As far as we know it is the first of its kind in Hampton Roads. It is an opportunity for any 10th or 11th grader to develop their craft, gain professional skills, & experience an engaging literary community.
Apply for the Fellowship
Our 2020 Class has been announced. We will have applications available in the fall for our 2021 class.
The fellowship is open to teens living in Hampton Roads who are high school sophomores and juniors, especially students considering a major in English or Creative Writing.
The application includes a personal statement and writing samples. The application deadline was Friday, December 20, 2019, and final selections have been announced.
Free to Apply
Transportation assistance is available to The Muse Writers Center for classes & fellowship events.
Students will be required to:
- Attend Fellowship classes and Saturday Teen Classes (5 absences allowed for total program).
- Read at 3 of 4 readings, 2 of which must be Fellowship Class readings. (2 Fellows readings + 2 Teen Readings.)
- Turn in assignments as requested, on time to their teachers.
- Provide notice of absences to their lead teachers.
- Reply via email in a timely manner with teachers, administrative staff, and mentors.
- Communicate via email only with their mentors; no texting.
- Meet 4 times with mentors at The Muse Writers Center (or via an approved Skype account provided to each mentor. *Coming soon!)
- Communicate with administrative staff about transportation needs. We have Uber services available and have a taxi fund as well.
- Sign a media release for photos, video, or podcast recordings used to promote The Muse.
- Complete all feedback forms & surveys requested from teachers and Muse administrative staff.
- Engage in their writing community via participation, providing feedback to other students, and by making their voice heard in their own way.
- Make up missed classes by volunteering at The Muse for 2.5 hours per class missed.
- Communicate with parents or funnel parent concerns to Muse admin. staff for clarification.
- Attend at least 1 day of the Hampton Roads Writers Conference and gain written permission to attend from parent/guardian.
- Enter a contest at the Hampton Roads Writers Conference.
- Consider pitching their work to agents at the Hampton Roads Writers Conference.