R127. How to Win a Writing Fellowship

D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Most writers have applied for a fellowship to finance their work, but relatively few actually receive grants. What’s the secret to securing a substantial amount of money to support one’s writing? Past winners of National Endowment, Fulbright and state funding describe putting together a manuscript, writing an artist’s statement, and getting recommendations. We will also describe the process from the inside. Writers who have served on fellowship panels will reveal how they made their decisions.



Thaddeus Rutkowski is author of six books, most recently Border Crossings, a poetry collection. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence, Medgar Evers, and the YMCA. He received a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and served as a panelist for the NYFA nonfiction fellowship.

Ava Chin, the author of Eating Wildly, has written for the New York Times (Urban Forager), Marie Claire, Saveur, and the Village Voice. An associate professor of creative nonfiction at CUNY, she has been awarded fellowships from the Cullman Center, the Fulbright US Scholar program, and NYFA.

Janet Kaplan's four prize-winning/shortlisted poetry collections include 2019's Ecotones from Eyewear Ltd. She's earned private, state, and local writers' grants and received numerous residency fellowships. She teaches poetry writing at Hofstra University, where she edits the digital lit-mag AMP.

Tim Keane is a fiction writer, poet, and Associate Professor at BMCC, CUNY. His writing has appeared in Modern Painters, The London Magazine, Shenandoah, Quarterly West, Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, and other magazines. He has won fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Bronx Council on the Arts.

Pedro Ponce is the author of the forthcoming novel Dreamland, as well as Stories After Goya, Alien Autopsy, and Superstitions of Apartment Life. A 2012 National Endowment for the Arts fellow in creative writing, he teaches fiction writing and literary theory at St. Lawrence University.


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