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Mary Wood Fellowship

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    Laura van den Berg, 2012 Mary Wood Fellow

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

January 07, 2013
The Mary Wood Fellowship at Washington College is awarded biannually to an emerging female writer—in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—who has published one book. For the Spring 2014 Mary Wood Fellowship, applications will be accepted through Friday, March 15, 2013.

In Spring 2012, we had the lovely Laura van den Berg stay the week in little Chestertown as our Mary Wood Fellow. She read from her new short story collection What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, gave an intimate talk about “Demystifying the ‘Writing Life’”, and met individually with select female undergrads to discuss their own fiction-writing. Laura had a great time too, dubbing our Rose O’Neill Literary House “heaven for writers.” And we whole-heartedly agree.

We are now looking for the next Mary Wood Fellow, to visit us in Spring 2014. And we need your applications! We want lots of applications, so don’t be shy. If you are a female writer who has published just one book (and only one book), you are qualified. Let us know who you are and send us your book!

Here is the full description of the fellowship:

The Mary Wood Fellowship at Washington College is awarded biannually to an emerging female writer—in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—who has published one book.

The Fellowship enables female creative writing students at Washington College to work with and learn from successful female writers like Laura van den Berg, Hannah Tinti, and Irina Reyn, who spend several days on campus.

The Mary Wood Fellow spends approximately five days at Washington College, during which she holds individual conferences with select female undergraduate creative writers.  The Fellow also gives a public reading and a craft talk.  The Fellowship includes a $2500 stipend, overnight accommodations, and travel.

Eastern Shore author Mary Wood, whose support makes the fellowship possible, is a ’68 graduate of the College and a former member of its Board of Visitors and Governors.

Applicants should send a cover letter (outlining qualifications and reasons for interest in position) as well as a copy of their book to Director Jehanne Dubrow:

The Rose O’Neill Literary House

Washington College

300 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, Maryland 21620

For the Spring 2014 Mary Wood Fellowship, applications will be accepted through Friday, March 15, 2013.


Last modified on Jan. 11th, 2013 at 9:10am by Marcia Landskroener.

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