Compensation and a teaching fellowship for Black Writers.


The Application Deadline is June 1, 2022.

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n a Nutshell

GrubStreet’s Teaching Fellowship for Black Writers provides financial and professional development support to two self-identified Black writers interested in teaching classes, participating in events, and working with our instructors and staff to deepen our curriculum. The fellowship includes compensation of $25,000, artistic mentorship, and access to the GrubStreet community and the Muse and the Marketplace conference. In time, the program aims to offer sustainable support to Black Writers and create a cohort of fellows who have direct access to GrubStreet resources, classes, and events. We also hope the fellows can influence GrubStreet’s pedagogy and cultural vision based on their experience and feedback.

 The 2022-2023 Teaching Fellowship for Black Writers application is now open!


The Teaching Fellowship for Black Writers will provide the following compensation:

  • $25,000 per fellow for the year.
  • Access to mentorship from GrubStreet’s Education Director and fellow instructors.
  • Free access to the Muse and the Marketplace during the fellowship year and the option to lead a paid session at the conference. 
  • Access to additional GrubStreet events.
  • A dedicated space at GrubStreet’s new home to work on personal writing projects.
  • 60 hours (or roughly 20 weeks) of free GrubStreet classes, which can be taken during or after the fellowship.
  • A two-year GrubStreet membership.

The teaching load and responsibilities for the fellowship year include:

  • Teaching one ten-week class.
  • Teaching one six-week class.
  • Teaching one week-long teen camp.
  • Teaching one three-hour seminar (plus, the option to teach more for additional payment).
  • Moderate or participate in a Boston Writers of Color’s event. 
  • Meet with the Head of Faculty and Education Director periodically to track progress.
  • Meet with new fellows at the end of your own fellowship year.

The fellowship begins September 6th, 2022 and runs through the end of August 2023.

Who Should Apply

This fellowship is open to writers who self-identify as Black, are 18 or older, are able to work with both adult and teen audiences, and have a passion for expansive pedagogy, curriculum development, and professional growth. Ideal candidates will have some publication and teaching experience. Preference will be given to those working on their first book or a larger project. MFAs, a long publishing record, or extensive teaching experience are not requirements to apply, though feel free to tell us if you have any of these things.

Covid-19 Update: GrubStreet’s programming is currently taking place both virtually and in-person. We hope fellows will be able to join us in-person later in 2022 and in 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who will be able to join us in Boston when it’s safe to do so. Learn more about GrubStreet’s Covid-19 updates.

How to Apply

The Teaching Fellowship for Black Writers Application Form will require the following:

  • A personal statement (500 words max), which should include:
  • Your background as a writer and teacher.
  • Your personal philosophy or approach to creative writing workshops.
  • How this particular fellowship fits your interests and goals as a writer and educator.
  • Your CV or resume. 
  • A writing sample (20 pages limit for prose; 12 pages for poetry; 25 pages for scripts; and 20 pages for other or fused genres) that best exemplifies your current trajectory as a writer.
  • Two personal references (name, email, and phone number) who can speak to your experience and dedication to writing and teaching.

Click here to apply before the deadline on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022.

Important Dates

  • Applications open: Thursday, April 7th, 2022.
  • Deadline: Wednesday, June 1st, 2022.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel composed of GrubStreet’s program staff.
  • Final decisions will be announced at the end of June.
  • Program kicks off on September 6th, 2022 and runs through the end of August 2023.


If you have specific questions about the Teaching Fellowship for Black Writers, email or call the office anytime at 617.695.0075.

Meet the 2021-2022 Teaching Fellows