Lannan Fellows Program

If you’ve ever wanted to spend a year immersed in contemporary poetry/fiction/non-fiction, and meet and talk with award-winning writers, then the Lannan Fellows Program will be of interest to you. In concert with the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, Lannan Center offers Georgetown graduate and undergraduate students a chance to attend readings and performances, as well as informal seminars and catered dinners, where they may socialize with acclaimed visiting writers. You do not have to be a poet or writer to apply for the fellowship, but you should have an vested interest in contemporary poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and the way they operate in our world.

The program runs for the academic year and has three requirements:

  • Fellows attend all of the Reading and Talks Events (there are approximately 3 events per semester). They also participate in a two-day spring symposium featuring major thinkers, activists and writers, and which engages with the Lannan Center’s core principles of art and social practice. This year’s theme is Africa Imagines: Reversing the Gaze.
     
  • In the spring semester Fellows enroll in the Lannan Seminar, an advanced (3-credit) course. The seminar is designed to allow creative writers to try their hands at a range of styles. Prose, creative non-fiction, essay, poetry and reportage - students will explore and cultivate their creativity through readings, discussions, experiments, and the creation of new work in a variety of forms and blended forms. We will read and discuss selected works from contemporary writers, including that of visiting writers to the Lannan Speakers’ Series. And we will, of course, write - in class exercises as well as longer writing projects. By the end of the semester we compile portfolios of our own original work and produce an independent final project (creative or scholarly) under the guidance of the instructor.
     
  • You must be a Georgetown student to qualify for the fellowship. However, you do not have to be an English major. The fellowship is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

For further information, please contact Lannan Center Program Coordinator Patricia Guzman.

How to Apply

To apply, please write a letter of intent in which you explain your interest in becoming a Lannan Fellow. How might this intensive contact with the study of creative writing stimulate your creative and intellectual goals? You should state clearly what experience, if any, you’ve had with creative writing or the other creative arts (criticism or fine arts courses you’ve taken; literary, visual, or performance genres that interest you).

Again, you do not need to be a poet or writer to apply to the program, but you should have had some prior acquaintance with the practice or the study of the arts (in or outside of class) in order to benefit fully from the year’s events. You should demonstrate a firm interest in contemporary arts and letters and must show evidence of a serious commitment to independent study.

The letter should be approximately 250 words. Please include your year and major. Please e-mail your application to Patricia Guzman.

Applications are due Monday, September 10, 2018. A group dinner and the first event will be held on September 25.