The Writing Fellowship is at the heart of what we do: helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights receive nine months of resources, readings and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm’s artistic staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultant, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also integral to the program and are tailored to meet the needs of each Writing Fellow. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow’s play.
What We’re Looking For
Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!
As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.
Writing Fellows Receive
Writing Fellows Application Components
All applications must be submitted electronically by May 21, 2017, 11:59PM EST. Finalists for the program will be interviewed over the summer and final selections will be announced by early September.
Looking for info on our other open application program the Scratchpad Series? Click here.
Can I apply to the Writing Fellowship if I don’t live in New York?
Because many of the program activities and resources available to Fellows are in New York City, you must live within commuting distance to be eligible. Fellows script meetings occur on average twice per month in the evenings, and there are other meetings, play outings, rehearsals, and events on a regular basis. We have had fellows commute from other locations within the tri-state area, though we cannot offer additional funds to cover that travel. If you live further than 90 minutes away we will ask you to explain how you plan to make sure you can attend all the meetings Please note, we do not recommend moving to New York for this fellowship!
Does enrollment in a graduate program have any bearing on my eligibility for the Writing Fellowship?
Yes. You are not eligible if you will be enrolled in school during the 2017-18 academic year.
Are there any limitations on the type of work I can apply with?
At this time we don’t consider one person shows. We don’t consider musicals for the Writing Fellowship because this program focuses so heavily on script work but writers can apply with musicals to the Scratchpad Series, as long as at least half of the members of the team–lyricist, bookwriter and/or composer–identify as early-career.
When can I expect to hear about my Writing Fellowship application status?
We hope to announce the Writing Fellows by early September.