The Makery Fellowship

The Makery Fellowship offers writers the chance at a two-year study plan, designed around the Fellow’s particular needs. Because the Settlement School is not an accredited institution of higher learning, we are able to provide writers protracted study without the high cost of a degree. Often, Fellows are:

  • in need of long-term mentoring outside a university system
  • in need of a professional development certification to advance their careers
  • in need of a secondary specialization to support an existing graduate degree

The Makery Fellowship is juried and is available by application only. Details about the application process are below. Requirements include the completion of eight Makery workshops (minimum), to be taken over two years, as well as a successful residency at the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, attended in the Fellow’s graduating year.

The cost of the Fellowship is represented as the cumulative cost of the Fellow’s enrolled workshops, according to the price established in the year of the Fellow’s admittance. This cost is kept affordable by requiring payments be made only per the normal workshop payment schedule (enabling Fellows to budget for their certification as they progress through the program). Fellows receive their curriculum design as a part of the award, as well as a scholarship to the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop.

Application to include:

  1. A letter of intent. The letter should describe the applicant’s proposed focus of study, why this area of study is a needed next step for the applicant’s writing practice, and how the work sample speaks to this need. The letter should also address any practical needs the certification might meet for the applicant’s career. Maximum word count: 500. 
  2. A work sample. The work sample should contain the applicant’s best sample work, published or not, that showcases the applicant’s progress as a writer and the need for a further line of study. Maximum page count: 10, prose or poetry. Prose should be double-spaced per industry standards; if any of the work sample has been published, please include appropriate citations in the footer of the document.
  3. An artist’s resume. The artist’s resume should include a brief list of publications, awards, residencies and/or degrees relevant to the application. Please note: The jury takes this document into account only in the context of pedagogical concerns. Being an established writer does not guarantee an applicant a spot in the Fellowship, and writers without publication, or with minor achievements, should know they are equally as competitive in the selection process. Maximum page count: 3. 

All application materials should be submitted as PDF documents, in standard typeface and size. 

Fellowship applications will be available this fall. Check back soon!