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


The Center and the Colony offers Summer Fellowships for fiction, nonfiction and poetry writers during the summer. During the fellowship period, emerging writers receive mentoring from faculty such as Greg CurtisKevin OdermanMeena AlexanderQuincy Troupe, and Jeffery Renard Allen.



Six applicants each from fiction, nonfiction and poetry, based on merit, will be chosen for this in- residence program. Each successful Fellow's award will cover full tuition and housing for the entire three week period of residency. 


The Colony’s fellowships are designed to facilitate a balance between a focus on individual work and a forum for discussion among emerging writers. Each year the fellowship program will be held at a location where Norman Mailer researched and began writing one of his books.  This year, the fellowship program will be held in Utah where The Executioner's Song was researched.  In coming years, the fellows will meet in Palm Springs, where Mailer researched The Deer Park.  Following the fellowship program will be held in Miami and Chicago, where Mailer began his book Miami and the Siege of Chicago.


In addition distinguished writers will from time to time, visit and share their professional experiences with the Fellows. Past years visitors have included Gay Talese, Da Chen, David Margolick, Sonia Sanchez, Don DeLillo, and editors from the New York Review of Books, Playboy and Vanity Fair,



The Fellowship programs are made available to the Colony through its Fellowship sponsors and patrons of the Mailer Center. Again this year Van Cleef and Arpels is the lead sponsor for poetry.


The application for the 2015 Fellowship program will be available in January 2015. For a taste of the Fellowship program, visit The Mailer Fellowship Blog.