January 18, 2017

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AFF’s Writing Fellows Program Deadline is FRIDAY

By: Eric Kohn

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 Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm and include featured editors and writers in small group writing workshops. The spring fellowship runs from Feb. 8 through March 22 (with a break on March 8). Food and beverages are provided during the sessions.

There will be a celebratory happy hour on March 24, open to the public.

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.

Applicants should submit the following form, along with:

  • 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.

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 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.” — Writing Fellows Program Director Jason Russell