Writing Fellows Program
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Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort are now open! The application deadline is August 31, 2020.
About the Program
As a writing fellow, you will:
- Learn how to pitch your work and build your portfolio
- Hone your writing skills in policy, opinion, and journalism
- Make connections with nationally known writers and editors
Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions available for Washington, DC-based fellows or state-based fellows.
A month after finishing, I pitched an article to Reason magazine, where I now work full-time.
– Billy Binion, Assistant Editor, Reason (Spring 2018)
The Washington, DC-based fellowship is tailored for aspiring writers interested in covering issues and publishing in outlets surrounding our nation’s capital. The DC-based fellowship typically meets in-person on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm ET for six weeks and features prominent writers and editors from the DC area. As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, the Washington, DC-based Fall 2020 fellowship may meet virtually for all or part of the fellowship.
The state-based fellowship is held virtually via webcam on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm ET for six weeks and is designed for writers outside the DC-area. This state-based fellowship features well-known writers and editors from both Washington, DC, and across the country.
Both fellowships are small-group writing workshops, allowing fellows to dive in deep with instructors and receive personalized feedback.
Food and beverages are provided during the in-person sessions–unfortunately, we haven’t yet mastered virtual beverages, so virtual fellows will have to BYOB. You must be able to attend all six evening sessions, whether in person or virtual.
Alumni have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, National Review, Reason, Forbes, the Daily Caller, and many other publications. They have gone on to work as reporters and opinion writers at prominent media outlets, as staffers in the White House and on Capitol Hill, and as senior fellows at think-tanks.
[The program] gave me the know-how and courage to get published, to seek out new sources of information, and to use my voice to make a difference.
– Beth Bailey, Freelance Writer (Fall 2018)
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
AFF got me my first byline in a national paper.
– Philip Wegmann, White House/2020 Reporter, RealClearPolitics (Spring 2016)
Important Dates – 2020
Spring Season Cohort
- State-Based Fellowship: Tuesdays from February 18 – March 31
- DC Fellowship: Wednesdays from February 19 – April 1
- Applications due January 3, 2020
Summer 2020 Season Cohort
- State-Based Fellowship: Tuesdays from June 3 – July 14
- DC Fellowship: Wednesdays from June 4 – July 15
- Applications are due May 1, 2020
Fall Season Cohort
- State-Based Fellowship: Tuesdays from October 6 through November 17
- DC Fellowship: Wednesdays from October 7 through November 18
- Applications are due August 31, 2020
How to Apply
Applicants will need to submit:
- Completed application
- A resume
- Two published writing samples (no more than 1,000 words each)
A letter of recommendation may be sent to [email protected], but is not required.
Make your voice heard.
Accepted applicants will be notified after the application deadline. Additional questions should be directed to [email protected].
Policy Communications Seminar
Interested in being a better advocate for liberty within the policy field? Hone your skills and build a career in communications with AFF’s Policy Communications Seminar.
During this four week, online program participants will hear from experts in the field on how to write content for a range of platforms, communicate the human elements of complex policy issues, handle communications in a crisis, and build a career in communications within the policy field.