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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.

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 WLT Fellowship Program. This year, we will select five WLT Fellows, including the 2022 Bess Whitehead Scott Creative Writing Fellow – a writer over the age of 40 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.

The application form can be found here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 30, at midnight. The fellowship is open to anyone 18 and older with a passion for writing who currently lives in Texas.

Our 2021 Fellows

Amanda Churchill HeadshotAmanda Churchill
WLT 2021 Fellow

Amanda Churchill is a writer in Keller, Texas who’s in the revision stage on her first novel. As a writer who is both of Japanese descent and native Texan, she’s “been thinking about who I am as a writer of late, what I believe in, and where I ‘fit’ into the larger literary landscape.”

Jamira Richardson HeadshotJamira Richardson
WLT 2021 Fellow

Jamira Richardson is a writer in San Antonio, Texas and a recent graduate looking to follow her writing dreams. When she was a little girl, she “collected words like spools of wool, using them to weave worlds more wondrous than the one I knew.”

S. N. Rodriguez headshotS. N. Rodriguez
WLT 2021 Fellow

S. N. Rodriguez is a writer in Austin, Texas whose work explores themes regarding race, culture, nature, and motherhood. She hopes that her writing may encourage others to strengthen, recover, and celebrate themselves as well as their roots.

Jean Synodinos HeadshotJean Synodinos
WLT 2021 Bess Whitehead Scott Creative Writing Fellow

Jean Synodinos is a writer in Austin, Texas deep into the first draft of a speculative novel. After taking a creative writing class in 2018, she announced to her mother she’d be writing fiction for the rest of her life. “It’s about time,” her mother replied. “Only took you fifty years.”

We’re thrilled to be launching the Bess Whitehead Scott Creative Writing Fellowship to go hand in hand with the WLT Fellowship Program. Every year, we’ll select one writer over the age of 40 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.

Formerly a scholarship, we believe this new fellowship is a fitting tribute to Bess and her legacy and we’re so happy to bestow this inaugural honor on Jean Synodinos.

Amanda Wenger HeadshotAmanda Wenger
WLT 2021 Fellow

Amanda Wenger is a writer in Houston, Texas who, when she’s not at her day job as a critical care nurse, is writing fiction that upends traditional myths and fairy tales in surprising and exciting ways. The main question raised by her writing: “How are we going to be here together.”