About the Resident Fellowships
The Mailer Fellowship is designed to facilitate a balance between a focus on individual work and a forum for discussion among emerging and mid-career writers. Fellowship recipients spend one month at the Mailer Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with the company of other writers of all genres and the guidance of genre-specific mentors. (See our “Mentors” page for bios of Meena Alexander, Jeffery Renard Allen and Greg Curtis.)
Programming for fellows includes twice weekly seminars and workshopping. In the evenings, readings and presentations introduce fellows to each other’s and to mentors’ work. Visits from distinguished writers offer professional insight and advice. Past visitors include Gay Talese, Sonia Sanchez, Don DeLillo and David Margolick. This year’s visitors include Mary Gaitskill, Buzz Bissinger, Da Chen, Carolyn Forche and others.
Five to six awardees make up each Fellowship group (one each in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction); the Fellowship award covers full tuition and condo housing for the entire month of residency. Friendships established among writers-in-residence and between guests, mentors and fellows often lead to collaborations and connections beyond the Colony.
The Mailer Fellowship program is made available to the Colony partially through its association with the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the generosity of individual and corporate Naming Sponsors. (See our “Sponsors” page for a list of named fellowships awarded this year.)