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Isn’t it time you got published? Applications are open for our SPRING 2018 Writing Fellowship.




Are you an aspiring writer at the beginning stages of your career? If accepted to AFF’s Writing Fellows Program, you’ll:

  • Get one-on-one mentoring
  • Network with well-known D.C. writers
  • Learn how to get published
  • Improve your writing skills in policy, journalism, and more!

Sessions are held Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm and include featured editors and writers in small group writing workshops. Food and beverages are provided during the sessions.

The ideal applicant is someone already in a full-time job that requires writing blogs, articles, op-eds, or press releases. Attendance at all six evening sessions is mandatory.

Writers attend the sessions in Washington, D.C., but now we are welcoming potential fellows who live outside the Washington-area to apply and attend via webcam.

Alumni of the program have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, National Review, Reason, Forbes, the Daily Caller, and many other publications. They have been hired to work as reporters and opinion writers at multiple outlets, in the White House and on Capitol Hill, or as senior fellows at think-tanks.

Apply to participate in one of our Writing Fellow Program sessions!

Spring Session – Tuesdays in February and March
Applications due January 20th
Summer Session – Tuesdays in June and July
Applications due May 20th
Fall Session – Tuesdays in late September through early November
Applications due September 1st


Applicants will need to submit:

  • A resume
  • A cover letter that mentions one skill the applicant hopes to improve in the program (op-ed writing, interviewing, reporting, etc.)
  • Two published writing samples (no more than 1,000 words each)
  • A letter of recommendation may be sent to jrussell@americasfuture.org, but is not required

Click here to apply now!

Past speakers and guests have included:

Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist
Tim Carney, commentary editor at the Washington Examiner
Philip Klein, managing editor at the Washington Examiner
Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics White House Correspondent
Anneke Green, Senior Director at White House Writers Group
Peter Suderman, features editor at Reason Magazine
Ben Domenech, founder and publisher of The Federalist
Romina Boccia, research fellow at the Heritage Foundation
Julian Sanchez, senior fellow at the Cato Institute

Accepted applicants will be notified after the application deadline. Additional questions should be directed to jaci@americasfuture.org.

“I can say without a doubt that I wouldn’t be professionally where I am today if not for the AFF Writers Fellow Program. Not only did the program introduce me to successful writers who have helped publish my writing, but it also honed my skills to get my writing to that level. Additionally, the program has introduced me to some of my nearest and dearest friends in the DC area. I recommend that everyone take this program if they want to take their writing to the next level.” – Eric Peterson, Senior Policy Analyst at Americans for Prosperity

“The AFF writing fellows program was an incredible experience. I made connections with peers and established writers that I still maintain today. But most importantly, my writing dramatically improved as a result of the weekly meetings. My commentaries and op-eds are more polished and ready for print and I am regularly published at my organization. I would recommend this fellowship for anyone who writes regularly and wants to make genuine connections in the movement.” – Mollie McNeill, Research Assistant at The Heritage Foundation

“The Writers Fellows Program at AFF opened up so many doors for me. While doing the program, I met with established movers and shakers in the writing world, which allowed me to publish my own work. Relationships are everything in our field, and AFF gave me the opportunity to meet influential writers that have helped shape my writing skills and advance my professional career.” – Caroline Thorman, Deputy Communications Director at US House of Representatives

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. Thanks to a connection I made while networking in the program, I was hired as a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner. Within two years, I was promoted to an editor’s role. AFF’s Writing Fellows Program helped me develop the skills and confidence necessary to write better, more persuasive pieces, and it’s continued to help me form invaluable connections in Washington, D.C. Whether you’re working in journalism, think-tanks, public relations or a legislative office, I highly recommend the program if you want to become a better writer.” – Jason Russell, Writing Fellows Program Director

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