Writing Fellows

Writing Fellows Program


Do you dream of seeing your byline in places like?

The Federalist
Washington Examiner
National Review
Reason Magazine

Your opinion matters–we’ll help you share it with the world.

Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort are closed. Check back here for updates on the Spring 2023 cohort!

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.

This program taught me the ins and outs of op-ed writing and pitching. I am much more successful in both areas because of the ample amount of instruction I received from Matt. I recommend this class for anyone who wants to write effectively.
– Caleb Larson, Writing Fellow Alumnus

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.

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


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Ramesh Ponnuru speaks to Writing Fellows

Past speakers and guests have included:

Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor at The Federalist

Tim Carney, Commentary Editor at the Washington Examiner

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor-in-Chief & Vice President of Journalism at Reason Magazine

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



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

Important Dates – 2022


  • State-Based Fellowship: Tuesdays from mid-September – early November
  • DC Fellowship: Wednesdays from mid-September – early November
  • Applications due August 12, 2022

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.

Your opinion matters–we’ll help you share it with the world.

Accepted applicants will be notified after the application deadline. Additional questions should be directed to [email protected].