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Fellowship Program

While the WLT prides itself on the affordability of its paid programs, we also recognize that, for some writers, the cost can be prohibitive and is even more so if you’re an emerging writer hoping to take multiple classes to strengthen your craft or deepen your knowledge of the business of writing. As reasonable as $49.00 is, paying $49.00 multiple times can really add up. 

In addition, in a world where the high cost and/or exclusivity of opportunities like MFA programs, fellowships, and residencies are widening the gap between writers and we see a similar widening in the representation gap both within the publishing industry and on the bookstore shelves. 

The annual WLT Fellows Program seeks to bridge these gaps and offer a group of emerging writers the opportunity to spend a full year honing their craft and learning about the business of writing.

Each WLT Fellow receives tuition-free access to a curated slate of classes, two per month (24 total). In addition, each WLT Fellow is invited to attend the annual Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, TX, with the registration fee waived and hotel accommodations provided, and an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a literary agent during the weekend-long event. In short, through this program we strive to connect writers – particularly those who face financial barriers to entry or come from a marginalized or underrepresented community – to the larger literary community. In so doing, we know that the literary landscape of Texas and beyond will benefit from the inclusion of their voices and the important and valuable stories they have to tell.

Our 2022 Fellows

Anita L. Guerra
WLT 2022 Fellow

Anita L. Guerra is a writer in Laredo, Texas.

“My focus is creative nonfiction and narrative fiction, including short stories. The artistic intent of my writing is to re-imagine current and past social cultural history and refocus on quotidian yet also extraordinary lives.”

Leilani Lamb
WLT 2022 Fellow

Leilani Lamb is a writer in Austin, Texas.

“I work in mental health advocacy, and I largely approach my writing as an extension of that work. Fiction is an opportunity to explore underrepresented aspects of my identity and lived experience, so that I can weave those truths into my stories. Developing a greater shared understanding among people is often the first step in doing better by each other, so I try to devote my time to building that empathy on and off the page.”

Rosie Ninesling
WLT 2022 Fellow

Rosie Ninesling is a writer in Austin, Texas.

“I write so that I can see for myself how interconnected, dependent, and related I am to both others and my environment.”

Damilola Oyedele
WLT 2022 Fellow

Damilola Oyedele is a writer in Austin, Texas.

“My work as a writer is inspired by female identity, unconventional pathways to making a family, representation, and how faith is gained and lost.”

Amy Sugeno
WLT 2022 Bess Whitehead Scott Creative Writing Fellow

Amy Sugeno is a writer in Round Mountain, Texas.

“I began writing three years ago with the intention of crafting a collection of short nature essays. However, after about a year, it became clear my writing had different ideas, nudging me instead towards a memoir. Since then, my essays mostly explore the complexities of adoption, as an adopted person and adoptive parent, and finding attachment and comfort in nature.”

About the Bess Whitehead Scott Fellowship: Formerly a scholarship, the Bess Whitehead Scott Fellowship is awarded to one writer over the age of 40 every year, selected from the pool of fellowship applicants, who we believe embodies the spirit of Bess Whitehead Scott, a Texas writer, a friend of the WLT, and a trailblazer who served as inspiration to so many. You can learn more about Bess and her legacy here.

Our Previous Fellowships