The Writers’ Room of Boston is committed to supporting emerging local writers in need by providing a secure, 24-hour access workspace. We are proud to offer our Emerging Writer Fellowship program, which gives four juried writers full access to the workspace for one year.  Awards are based upon the quality of the submitted writing sample, the project description, and the statement of need. The Fellowships are open to writers of any genre or form–writers working in forms not specified, such as screenwriting, songwriting, graphic novel writing, etc., will be considered for the closest approximate fellowship.

The following fellowships are offered. You do not need to specify a fellowship on your application–writers will automatically be considered for all appropriate fellowships, based on proposed project and writing samples.

The Gish Jen Fellowship for Emerging Writers

Open to writers with demonstrated talent and commitment at the beginning of their career, working in any form.

The Ivan Gold Fellowship in Fiction

Open to writers working in fictional narrative in any form (novels, short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, graphic novel writing, etc.).

The Writers’ Room Fellowship in Poetry

Open to writers working in verse, including poetry, song lyrics, and novels in verse.

The Writers’ Room Fellowship in Non-Fiction

Open to writers working in non-fiction, including memoirs, journalism, essays, biography, etc. Non-fiction in non-traditional forms will also be considered for this fellowship.

Fellowship Benefits

Fellowship recipients receive full membership to The Writers’ Room of Boston for one year (February through January) at no cost. Membership includes 24-hour access to secure and light-filled writing workspace in downtown Boston, along with all other amenities as listed on our home page.

Additionally, should fellows decide to become paying members after the conclusion of their fellowships, they will receive a 25% discount on membership fees for their first paid year.

Fellow Obligations

In accepting fellowship, incoming fellows agree to the following commitments:

  • Fellows will make frequent, active use of the room, spending no less that 20 hours per month working in the writing space.

  • Fellows will contribute one blog post (~500 words) every month or every other month during their residency to the WROB blog. (the schedule will be worked out with the Administrator of the Room). These may be reflections about ongoing work, thoughts on the writing process, book reviews, or any other content appropriate to a blog about writing and the writing life.

  • Fellows may also be requested to assist with WROB events and outreach. This may include (but is not limited to): assisting with outreach via social media (Twitter and Facebook), attending Open Houses, and providing support at special events (such as the Boston Book Festival or public readings).
  • Fellows will make a good faith effort to attend public WROB events, particularly readings by WROB members.
  • In the final month of their residency, fellows will attend and participate in a public reading of work they have completed during their fellowship.


To apply, the following materials must be submitted by December 31st (the date is the same every year):

  • Fellowship application form
  • Writing sample (no more than 20 pages of prose or 10 poems)
  • Project description (no more than 1 page describing the project to be undertaken during the one-year fellowship period)
  • Statement of need (no more than 1 page describing how current circumstances make it difficult to pay for a regular membership and how access to a quiet workspace is important at this time)
  • CV/Resume

There is a $15 reading fee, which you may pay by check, money order, or online through PayPal. These materials may either be emailed (strongly preferred) or mailed (postmarked no later than Dec 31, 2013) to:

The Writers’ Room of Boston, 111 State Street, 5th Floor, Boston MA 02109

Got a question about the Fellowships? Please read the FAQs.
And feel free to email us:  info@writersroomofboston.org.