Inspire. Get inspired. Be a Writing Fellow.

Now accepting applications for our fall 2014 fellowships!

The Writing Fellows are a community of writers who help Savannah’s young people write and share their stories. Our community includes (but certainly is not limited to) published authors and poets, unpublished authors and poets, aspiring and professional writers, journalists, college professors, graduate students, select undergraduate students, teachers, retired teachers, business professionals, creative professionals, and other literature-lovers. Writing Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, but we all possess 3 very important qualities:

  • A sincere appreciation for reading and the craft of writing
  • An insatiable curiosity and a love of learning
  • A desire to share that love of learning with others

The Program: Here’s how it works

Twice a year (in August and January), we select up to 40 writers in Savannah who apply for a Fellowship. The Writing Fellows are trained by the Deep staff, paired with a co-teacher, and assigned a workshop of 12-14 middle grades (6-8) students at a Savannah public school. Together, they plan, prep, and lead 11 weekly 75-minute workshops. In January and May, Deep publishes every student’s best work from the 10 weeks, and we celebrate them at a public event called Deep Speaks!– a book release and open-mic reading, where DeepKids get a chance to read in front of a packed house.

The Commitment: What Writing Fellows give

  • One weekend (2-days) of training and orientation to Deep’s program, our method of leading writing workshops. New Writing Fellows will practice planning a great workshop of their own as well, during training.
  • The time commitment works out to about 4 hours per week, for 11 weeks. This time approximation accounts for time spent planning together (outside of the workshop), time leading the students on-site, and time spent commenting on DeepKids’ writing every week (each is an integral part of our method).

The Perks: What Writing Fellows get

  • The privilege of working with our brilliant kids
  • Membership in an active community of curious, fun, and creative people who share a love of writing
  • A free copy of your students’ published book– professionally illustrated, printed, and bound
  • Access to exclusive visiting author lectures, former guests include Claire Cook and Hugh Howey
  • Opportunities for publication in local zines
  • Access to a robust, active literary community
  • Possible course credit available for selected Writing Fellows who are currently enrolled in an undergrad or graduate program.

*To get involved in other ways, check out our staff internships.

 

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