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The Norman Mailer Center & The Norman Mailer Writer's Colony

FAQ



Is there an age requirement for the Fellowship program at Ucross Foundation or Pepperdine University.
All applicants must be 19 years or older. Writers of 18 years or younger may apply for the Center's summer workshops planned for 2017.
Do I need to be published in order to be considered as a Mailer Fellow? Do I need to NOT be published?
The Mailer Colony programs are targeted to emerging and mid-career writers. Fellowships have been awarded to writers with no publications, as well as to authors with more than two books out. We are more interested in the quality of your writing than the quantity of publications.
When will I hear if I’ve been accepted to a summer program?
You’ll hear back from us within one month of the closing date for that program’s applications.
Should my writing sample be single- or double-spaced?
Double-spaced.
Is it preferred that the writing sample is all part of one piece, or is a collection of different pieces acceptable as well?
Both are acceptable.
May I send in a book I’ve published with my application?
No! We are happy that you published the book, but please just send us an excerpt of the requested length and let us know where/when it was published.
Will I get a critique of the writing I submit with my application?
Unfortunately, we don’t offer that.
May I apply for a 2016 summer fellowship if I’ve been in an NMC program before?
The application fee allows us to process applications in accordance with the Center’s standards and requirements. In the future we hope to lower this amount, with the assistance of increased participation from our sponsors. Unfortunately, we cannot waive it at this time. We will be as generous in connecting writers to resources as we are able!
May I apply for more than one program?
Yes. Please send in a separate and complete application for each program. (This requires separate application fees as well. Our vetting committees for each program are different, so the applications will need to be vetted by more than one committee.)
Can I attend more than one workshop in a season?
Yes, but NMC can only offer one scholarship per writer per season. Tuition and housing will have to be paid if you are accepted to and wish to participate in a second workshop.
Why is the application fee so high? Can you waive it?
The application fee allows us to process applications in accordance with the Center’s standards and requirements. In the future we hope to lower this amount, with the assistance of increased participation from our sponsors. Unfortunately, we cannot waive it at this time. We will be as generous in connecting writers to resources as we are able!
If I win a scholarship or fellowship at the Colony, will my partner/spouse be allowed to visit and stay with me?

For those attending the 2016 Fellowship programs the Center will provide housing only for the Fellow attending because of limited space.

 

Are my children allowed to visit and stay with me at the Colony?
For those attending the 2016 Fellowship progarm, the Center will not be able to provide housing for family or children because of the limited space.
Is the application fee refunded if I don’t get in?
No. The fee covers the expenses of vetting incoming applications (of which there are hundreds!).
Will I have my own housing during my stay.

For those attending the 2016 Fellowship programs the Center will provide free housing.  At Pepperdine University two attendees will share an apartment with private bedrooms and a shared bathroom.  At the Ucross Foundation attendees with have a private bathroom and bedroom.  

 

Do you feed us?
The 2016 Fellowship program at UCROSS includes meals on a daily basis.  At Pepperdine University, two Fellows will share a kitchen in their appartment, however food supplies and cooking untensils are not provided.