Writing Our Lives provides Syracuse area youth with creative opportunities to write, create, produce and share their stories. The program takes multiple formats, including after-school writing programs, summer writing institutes, book clubs, digital composing programs, theatrical performances and an annual youth writing conference.
Professor Marcelle Haddix also engages faculty and staff from across the School of Education and Syracuse University to present and facilitate workshops, as well as both undergraduate and graduate students.
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The Writing Our Lives Literary Arts Fellowship (WOLLAF) was launched in 2017 to provide outstanding literary artists from across the nation a unique opportunity to work specifically within the community of Syracuse, New York. This fellowship bridges creative teaching and community collaboration within the dynamic environment of Central New York. It connects Syracuse University departments with distinguished literary artists from an array of disciplines to explore cross-disciplinary programming that cultivates writing spaces not normally open to the public.
While providing the Syracuse community a unique opportunity to interact with professional literary artists, as well as literary departments at Syracuse University, the fellowship aims to bridge the relationship with artistic spaces located around the city. Inspiring a new direction for creative collaboration between literary artists and the SU faculty, WOLLAF’s mission is to strengthen the Syracuse art community while broadening public interest and understanding of literature and its affiliation within the arts. WOLLAF fellows commit to a year of extensive community engagement, and are explicitly for applicants who have an interest in both residing in and building relationships within the city of Syracuse.
Fellows are selected through a rolling application process. Applicants must reside within close proximity of Syracuse, New York, or have the intention of relocating for an entirety of a year. Applicants must identify as a literary artist, have a strong interest in community engagement and make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in the Writing Our Lives program would promote transformative artistic, teaching, and professional growth.
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Applications must be submitted electronically (Word or PDF documents) to Marcelle Haddix. Finalists will be notified by July. The selected Fellow will be notified by August.