Maenads Fellowship Application

What it is:

The Maenads Fellowship Program offers up to twelve fellowships a year to women who are in recovery from substance abuse.  Because of Words Without Walls’ special relationship with Sojourner House, many of our past fellows received treatment there. 

Fellows will participate in a twelve-week creative writing seminar on the Chatham University campus. 

The seminar offers mentorship and instruction in the following areas:

  • Creative writing.  You’ll be taught by practicing, professional creative writers in order to generate new creative writing.
  • Publication submission and design.  You’ll work with professional designers and artists to design a beautiful publication of your work.
  • Publicly presenting your work.  You’ll have the chance to present your work at a public reading.
  • Building a personal and professional community of creative writers.  The most important part of the fellowship is you and your peers.

Fellows will receive a $500 gift card at the completion of the program.  All supplies will be provided, including copies of your published work. Transportation and child-care for those in the Pittsburgh area will be provided. 

The fellowships are competitive, and will be offered to those who demonstrate the most promise as writers as well as the highest level of commitment to attending all twelve weeks.

Details of the Fall 2018 seminar:

  • Applications due March 15, 2018.
  • Seminars run from Thursday, September 6-November 29.
  • We meet each Thursday night from 6:00-8:30 pm on Chatham’s Shadyside campus.
  • The final reading and celebration will be on Friday, November 30.
  • Fellows will receive their $500 compensation at the final event on November 30, along with copies of their published work.

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 15, 2018. Complete the application form below. Alternatively, you may also choose to send your application and writing sample via US mail to:

Kelly Kepner
Chatham University
MFA in Creative Writing
1 Woodland Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

The Maenads Fellowship program is sponsored by Words Without Walls and is a program of Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts.  The program is made possible by the generous support of National Endowment for the Humanities; Staunton Farm Foundation; the A.W. Mellon Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation; the Heinz Endowments; and Chatham University.

Questions?  Call 412-365-1190, or email Sheryl St. Germain at or Sarah Shotland at

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