Writing Fellows

Writing Fellowship


“Where the press is free, and every man can read, all is safe.”
– President Thomas Jefferson

America’s Future has a long history of cultivating strong communicators and advocates for free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility. From DoubleThink magazine in the 1990s to our esteemed Writing Fellowship, we believe communications tools empower young people to be active, civil, and curious citizens.

Nearly 700 young professionals from across the country are Writing Fellowship alumni. They’ve published books, communicated on behalf of elected officials, and had bylines in prominent news outlets like:

The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
USA Today
The Federalist
Washington Examiner
National Review
Reason Magazine

Do you share the same goals?

Applications for Fall 2024 are now open! Apply today!

About the Writing Fellows 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

The Washington, DC-based fellowship is tailored for aspiring writers interested in covering issues and publishing in outlets surrounding our nation’s capital. It 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.

The virtual fellowship, which is held via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm ET for six weeks, is designed for writers outside the DC area. This state-based fellowship features well-known writers and editors from Washington, DC, and across the country.

Both fellowships are small-group writing workshops, allowing fellows to dive 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 must BYOB. You must be able to attend all six evening sessions, whether in person or virtual.

Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions are available for Washington, DC-based or virtual fellows.

AF got me my first byline in a national paper!
– Philip Wegmann, White House/2020 Reporter, RealClearPolitics

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Meet The Writing Fellows Manager!Writing Fellows 8



Matt Purple is the Writing Fellows Manager at America’s Future. He’s enjoyed a long career in journalism and publishing during which his work was featured in The SpectatorThe American ConservativeReasonThe Washington ExaminerNational ReviewRare Politics, and many others. He’s currently an editor at the foreign policy think tank Defense Priorities. His first book, a collection of essays called Decline From the Top, is due out in September.




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Ramesh Ponnuru, Editor at the National Review, speaks to Writing Fellows.

Past speakers and guests have included:

Chelsea Follett, Managing Editor at HumanProgress.org 

Mollie Hemingway, Editor-in-Chief at The Federalist

Matt Kibbe, President of Free the People

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor-in-Chief at Reason 

Tim Carney, Senior Political Correspondent at the Washington Examiner, AEI Senior Fellow

Alexis Simendinger, National Correspondent at The Hill

Peter Suderman, Managing Editor at Reason 

Ben Domenech, Co-Founder of The Federalist, Editor-at-Large of The Spectator World

Romina Boccia, Director of Budget and Entitlement Policy at the Cato Institute


Important Dates – 2024

Fall 2024

  • Applications open July 8th

  • Applications end August 25th at 11:59 ET

  • Participants are selected by August 26/27th

  • Course dates:

    • Virtual: September 10, 17, 24, Oct 8, 15, 22

      • Break: Oct. 1st

    • D.C.:  September 11, 18, 25, Oct 9, 16, 23

      • Break: Oct. 2nd

Can’t make the Fall 2024 cohort work with your schedule?  Sign up here for updates on 2025 cohorts!

How to Apply:

Applicants will need to submit:

  • Completed application
  • A resume
  • We require two writing samples, preferably published (no more than 1,000 words each)

A letter of recommendation may be sent to [email protected], but is not required.


Do I have to be an AF National Member to apply? 

No, but it is strongly encouraged! AF National Members receive preferential acceptance into all AF fellowships. Become a member today!

Do I have to be available to participate in all classes?

Yes. To participate, you must commit to all six sessions out of respect for all applicants and participants.

What makes a strong candidate for this program?

Great candidates for this program will demonstrate strong writing skills and alignment with AF’s mission and values.

Do I have to reside in the United States to participate?


Questions should be directed to [email protected].