The Writer's Fellowship with Timothy Willard offers serious writers private mentoring. The fellowship focuses on book mapping, writing a book proposal, manuscript editing, hatching ideas, how to do jumping jacks in your imagination, and cultivating the writing life.
It emphasizes one-on-one interaction that goes beyond webinar or pre-recorded YouTube approaches. The fellowship is customized to your needs as a writer and the project you're working on now.
Why did you create The Writer's Fellowship?
I love one-on-one interaction with real people. And, in this world of pre-recorded webinars and YouTube “how-to’s” there’s still no better thing than individual mentoring. The Writer’s Fellowship provides a way for me to share my experience as a writer with, help you with your current project, and do so in a hands-on way that emphasizes a people over products.
What does this four-week fellowship look like?
The fellowship consists of two levels: Junior and Senior Fellows. The Junior Fellows program works on an "All Access" platform. By "All Access" here's what I mean. You will receive:
Junior Fellows Program
- Two 30-minute phone calls a week that you schedule with my assistant.
- One weekly Skype session lasting one hour. You will schedule this with my assistant.
- I will provide ongoing real-time feedback on your project and give you two rounds of macro edits on your written work (i.e., book proposal, sample chapter, etc.).
- 48 hour (business days) turn around on edits.
- Access to my private Voxer account. You can Vox me questions or thoughts whenever you want. I will respond in 24 hour (business day).
- Access to my private Email account. We'll use email mainly for sending and responding to documents for which I'm providing edits. I will respond to your email within 48 hours (business days).
- You get first right of refusal to sign up for the next fellowship, which means you can extend your fellowship if you find it's really helping your project.
Senior Fellows Program
The Senior Fellows program offers even more customization for you, and more hands editing and consulting services from me. Note that you are interested in the Senior Fellows Program in the application and I will contact you to discuss your needs.
What can I expect from the Junior Fellows fellowship to cover?
Our discussion will range. We’ll cover:
- formulating your book idea
- book mapping
- how to write a book proposal
- writing my chapters
- literary agents
- I’m published, what now?
- resources to improve your writing
- book research
- ideation (and other related buzzwords)
- audience (better known as platform) building
- the publishing world
- the writing life: discipline, enjoyment, the art of pausing
Do I need to be working on a current project to apply for the fellowship?
No. I’m happy to offer guidance on some of the ideas you have for a book. Maybe you’d like to develop a series for your blog?
Or perhaps you desire to use the fellowship to create more structure and discipline in your writing life. That’s great. Remember, the point of the fellowship is to customize it to your specific needs and desired outcomes.
I’m in graduate school, and would love guidance on my thesis or dissertation. Can I apply for the fellowship?
Yes. A master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation is a huge undertaking but is also highly imaginative. I’m happy to customize your fellowship around your needs as a student.
What do I need for the fellowship?
A willingness to stretch yourself as a writer. You will need a computer or laptop that will allow you to video conference with me. To keep things simple, I’m asking fellows to have a recent version of Microsoft Word.
You will also need a journal of some kind. I use Moleskine, but it can be any kind you like.
How much does it cost?
Junior Fellows Fellowship tuition is $1600 for four weeks. For the inaugural fellowship, I'm offering a 20% discount.
About Timothy Willard
Timothy has collaborated with authors, publishers, and organizations on a wide range of writing projects for the last ten years. His experience ranges from corporate messaging and branding projects, to web copy, to book proposal creation, manuscript editing, book coaching, and ghostwriting, He's worked on over fifteen book proposals that went on to be published by top publishers including Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Brown, Simon & Schuster, Baker Books, Worthy Publishers.
Timothy has also published four of his own books: Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan/HarperCollins), Home Behind the Sun: Connect With God in the Brilliance of the Everyday (Thomas Nelson), Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life (Bethany House), and a children's book Shine So Bright (White Rabbit Press). It's a Christmas story.
Timothy earned a PhD in theology after living in Oxford, England for two years studying beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis at King's College London under the supervision of Alister McGrath, the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford. He now ives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, Christine, and three daughters, Lyric, Brielle, and Zion.