The PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellowship was a big step forward in my career as a writer. I was one of five Fellows selected for the 2011 program, which is a year-long and consisted of 16 separate Author Evenings, one-on-one mentor with an established author, a vocal coach, master class workshops, five public readings (including one at The Hammer museum) and a $1,000 stipend. The cumulative effect of these components has made me a better writer and reader of my own work, not to mentioned that the fellowship gave me a wide and deep introduction to literary community, so much so that I'm a part of this wonderful literary world now.
I highly recommend any emerging writer (who doesn't have an MFA) apply. Applications are available here: http://penusa.org/node/245.
You can read an excerpt of my novel that I worked on during the Fellowship in the anthology Best Lesbian Romance 2011 http://www.amazon.com/Best-Lesbian-Romance-2011-Radclyffe/dp/1573444278/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1293398132&sr=1-1
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog: