The PWN Teen Fellowship is a highly competitive program awarded to select students entering their senior year of high school. Through an intensive one-on-one mentorship with an experienced writer/teacher in the PWN community, fellows are nurtured as writers and community builders. Past fellows have blossomed as individuals, winning nationally recognized writing awards, contracting with publishing agents, and finding their passion alongside or coinciding with their career path.
The PWN Teen Fellowship is a 24-session program that runs during the school year, from October to June. Together, the student and their mentor design an ambitious project geared to the specific interests and goals of the fellow.
Some examples of projects pursued by past fellows include: completion of a book-length manuscript, literary journal submissions, journalism assignments, the reading and analysis of books and poems, as well as researching authors and poets to garner an understanding of literary history. These projects have led to the growth of the young writer, refining their taste and goals and the idea of what kind of artist they’d like to be. The fellow learns, through experience, discussion, and this mentorship, what their own writerly life entails and what they need to do to achieve their dreams.
Applicants must be motivated rising seniors willing to commit several hours per week to the PWN Teen Fellowship, including meeting regularly with their mentor, participating in PWN’s Teen Writing Group or a similar writing program, and volunteering to assist with Project Write Now community outreach programs.
Benefits of the fellowship include:
*Opportunities to lead among peers;
*Opportunities to lead community writing events, such as open mics, stage performances, and writing workshops;
*Opportunities for community service around writing and reading;
*Opportunities for expanding a network of writers and adults in fields of interest;
*A personal editor to provide guidance on non-school writing projects;
*A person to envision, stretch, and boost your potential;
*Real-life purpose and satisfaction in working on writing projects with another writer;
*The reciprocal benefits of being a writing community member.
The PWN Teen Fellowship is donor supported; there is no cost to participate.
To apply, please complete this form in its entirety.
If you have any questions about the application or the program, please email program director Allison Tevald at firstname.lastname@example.org.