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Literary House

Mary Wood Fellowship

The Mary Wood Fellowship at Washington College is awarded in even-numbered years to a female-identifying writer—in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—who has published at least one book.

For the Spring 2020 Fellow, we are searching for a writer of creative nonfiction (broadly defined) who also has editorial experience with literary journals or other literary publications.

The Mary Wood Fellow spends approximately three days at Washington College, during which she holds individual conferences with select female and nonbinary undergraduate creative writers. The Fellow also gives a public reading and a craft talk. The Fellowship includes a $1500 stipend, overnight accommodations, and travel.

The Fellowship enables female and nonbinary creative writing students at Washington College to work with and learn from successful female-identifying writers who spend several days on campus.

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

Applicants should send a published book of creative nonfiction as well as a cover letter that addresses qualifications, discusses interest in the position, and includes a brief description of a proposed craft talk to Assistant Director :

The Rose O’Neill Literary House

Washington College

300 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, Maryland 21620

For the spring 2020 Mary Wood Fellowship, applications will be accepted if postmarked by March 1, 2019. The winning candidate will be notified no later than March 31, 2019.



Amber Dermont is the author of the novel, The Starboard Sea (St. Martin’s Press, 2012), and the short story collection, Damage Control (St. Martin’s, 2013).  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Dermont received her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Her short fiction has appeared in TriQuarterly, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and in the anthologies Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Worst Years of Your Life, and Home of the Brave. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, InPrint, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, she is currently an associate professor of English and creative writing at Rice University in Houston, Texas.  She is at work on another novel called The Laughing Girl. 

Amber Dermont will be in-residence at Washington College from Monday, April 9 - Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  



2016 - Nicky Beer

2014 - Shara Lessley

2012 - Laura van den Berg

2010 - Irina Reyn

2008 - Hannah Tinti