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Mary Wood Fellowship: Open for Spring 2016 Applications!

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    Shara Lessley, 2014 Mary Wood Fellow
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    Laura van den Berg, 2012 Mary Wood Fellow

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

November 20, 2014
For the Spring 2016 Mary Wood Fellowship, applications will be accepted through Sunday, March 1, 2015.

In Spring 2014, we had the wonderful Shara Lessley stay the week in little Chestertown as our Mary Wood Fellow. She read from her first poetry collection Two-Headed Nightingale (as well as some poems from her newest manuscript titled The Explosive Expert’s Wife), gave an intimate craft talk about how her travel experiences inform her poetry-writing, and met individually with select female undergrads to discuss their own work.

We are now looking for the next Mary Wood Fellow, to visit us in Spring 2016. And we need your applications! If you are a female-identifying writer who has published one book, you are qualified. 

Here is the full description of the fellowship:

The Mary Wood Fellowship at Washington College is awarded in even-numbered years to an emerging female-identifying 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 Shara Lessley, Laura van den Berg, Hannah Tinti, and Irina Reyn, who spend several days on campus.

The Mary Wood Fellow spends approximately three 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 $1500 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 Assistant Director :

The Rose O’Neill Literary House

Washington College

300 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, Maryland 21620


For the spring 2016 Mary Wood Fellowship, applications will be accepted if postmarked by March 1, 2015.



Last modified on Nov. 20th, 2014 at 5:12pm by Lindsay Lusby.

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