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

2016 Summer Fellowship Program

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


The Colony’s fellowships are designed to facilitate a balance between a focus on individual work and a forum for discussion among emerging writers. In the evenings, occasional readings and presentations will allow attendees to become acquainted with and inspired by the work of other Fellows. Friendships established among writers in-residence often lead to collaborations and connections beyond the Colony.


Three applicants each from fiction and nonfiction and five from poetry, of 19 years or older and based on merit, will be chosen for these in-residence programs. Each successful Fellow's award will cover full tuition and housing for the entire period of residency (Fiction/nonfiction-July 8th through July 25th and Poetry-July 9th through July 31). 


 Poetry, Fiction and nonfiction applications have now closed. 


The Fellowship programs are made available to the Colony through its Fellowship sponsors and patrons of the Mailer Center.  


For a taste of the Fellowship program, visit The Mailer Fellowship Blog.