Maenads Fellowship

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 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.  Fellows are taught by practicing, professional creative writers in order to generate new creative writing.
  • Publication submission and design.  Professional designers and artists collaborate with writers to design a beautiful publication of each woman's work.
  • Publicly presenting work.  We host an event at the end of each fellowship so women can present their work to the public.
  • Building a personal and professional community of creative writers.  The most important part of the fellowship is the community we create to foster healthy, creative relationships. 

Fellows receive a $500 gift card at the completion of the program. Transportation and child-care is provided. 

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

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Past Guest Lecturers


Sherrie Flick

Marc Nieson

Craig Bernier

Jennifer Matesa

Maggie Messitt

Christine Stroud

Joel Coggins

Bruce Dazell 


The First Cohort of Maenads

We love the first cohort of Maenads.  Here are just some of their amazing accomplishments:

The Next Cohort

The next cohort of Maenads will begin the program in the Fall of 2018.

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