“Applying to Fellowships and Residencies with Confidence” with Faylita Hicks

Runtime: 2:47:45           Original Class Date: 1/23/2021          Class Handout: SYLLABUS RESOURCES

Every writer could benefit from a little space and some dedicated time to improve their craft. In this video, we learn how you can get both!

Emerging and mid-career writers are encouraged to watch this class recording in which we:

  • Identify and navigate free and paid resources that regularly update opportunities to apply to fellowships and residencies.
  • Learn several tips to improve your resume and CV for creative projects—even if you haven’t published yet!
  • Prepare for the five most commonly found sections on applications.
  • Learn how to develop a creative project proposal that will stand out from the crowd.
  • Discuss how to choose and edit a creative sample for the application.

Participants will leave with sample outlines, examples of winning proposals, an application plan, and a calendar of upcoming state and national opportunities, delineated by genre and level of experience.

“Applying to Fellowships and Residencies with Confidence” with Faylita Hicks RECORDING


Faylita HicksFaylita Hicks (she/her/they) is a poet, essayist, and interdisciplinary artist. The former Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and a 2020-2022 Texas Touring Artist, they are the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize, and the 2019 Julie Suk Award.

Hicks is the 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam and a member of the 2007 and 2008 Neo Soul Poetry Slam team. Since 2013, she has been an artist on the roster for hip-hop collective Grid Squid Entertainment, releasing her first Hip Hop EP, Collision City in 2015, and her third spoken word album ONYX in June 2019. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo act since 2007, performing in venues such as Chicago’s The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Busboys and Poets, and the Nuyorican Poets Café, across 30+ states, as well as in Jamaica and Canada. The founder and creative director of event production company Arrondi Creative Productions, Hicks was awarded the San Marcos Arts Commission Grant for her monthly showcase and pop-up art event series, SMTX Ripple Market, in 2017 and 2019. Hicks’s photography and short-films have been exhibited in Texas State University’s Common Experience Gallery, Houston’s Insomnia Gallery, the San Marcos 72-Hour Film Festival, and the 2018 BLERD Festival in New Orleans, LA.

They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Tin House, Lambda Literary, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Right of Return USA, the first fellowship designed exclusively for previously incarcerated artists.

Their poetry, essays, interviews, performances, and photography have been featured in or are forthcoming in AdroitAmerican Poetry ReviewBrave New Filmsthe Cincinnati ReviewThe CutElectric LitF(r)ictionFrontier PoetryHuffPostKenyon ReviewLonestar LitLongreadsPalette PoetryPBS Independent LensPoetry MagazinePoetry DailyPoets and WritersPrairie SchoonerThe RumpusSlateTexas Observer, Texas MonthlyViceVIDA Review, and others.

Hicks received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University and is currently working on a multi-media project about pretrial criminal policy reform in the Southwest. www.FaylitaHicks.com