Introducing AFF’s New Writing Fellowship

AFF is excited to announce a brand new pilot program for writers! This is part of AFF’s programming for young professionals with mentoring and hands-on opportunities to write, speak, network, manage programs, and directly develop the skills needed to advance professionally. This program replaces Doublethink magazine, which AFF decided to discontinue this week.

AFF is seeking liberty-minded college seniors and recent graduates to participate in its inaugural Writing Fellows Program. Through seven weekly sessions featuring guest speakers and discussions, the highly-selective program will help a small group of young professionals improve their writing skills and better understand different styles of writing. In particular, AFF will provide networking opportunities and will assist its fellows in contributing original work to national publications.

The ideal applicant should:
-Be a college senior or recent graduate (under 25)
-Work in politics or public policy (Hill staffers, think tank researchers, journalism interns, freelance journalists, junior policy-makers)
-Live or work in the greater Washington area
-Be available Tuesday evenings this fall
-Want to improve his or her writing skills, with the goal of publishing original work

To apply, please e-mail a résumé, cover letter, and two writing samples to by August 30 with the subject “Writing Program Application.” Applicants may also include up to two letters of recommendation.

Successful applicants will be notified by September 7, and the first class will take place September 16.
Adam O'Neal Writing Fellowship Journalism Program
We are pleased to welcome Adam O’Neal to the team as AFF’s new Writing Programs Director. He will coordinate the fellows program and help connect you with AFF speakers and alumni who can publish your writing and mentor you. His full-time job is a reporter for RealClearPolitics, where he covers politics, campaigns, and national security. He also belongs to the 2015 Class of Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellows at the National Press Foundation. Adam came to Washington in 2013 after being selected as the Student Free Press Association’s Fall Fellow. A California native, he previously worked as a producer at KFI AM 640 and as News Director at KUCI 88.9 FM. He freelanced for several magazines while studying journalism at the University of California, Irvine. You can read his latest work here.

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