David Perell
David Perell
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Write of passage Fellowship

I’m thrilled to announce the Write of Passage Fellowship, a program designed to help a small group of intellectually curious minds to create world class essays on a topic of their choice.

With the rise of the internet and tools for mass communication, we’re witnessing a new generation of writers and content creators. It has helped me build my own audience, a process that I then systematized to create the Write of Passage course as we know it today.

The news doesn’t dive deep enough. The problems of the modern world are too complex for short articles with clickbait headlines. We plan to nudge the conversation in a more thoughtful direction. Each essay will analyze events with the context required to communicate nuance and help the reader understand them.

For the inaugural cohort, we’re looking to bring together 8-10 people to create a world-class essay on a topic of their choice. Each fellow will receive mentorship, professional editing, and special access to domain experts.

Fellows should have a combination of the following traits:

  • Deep domain expertise

  • Obsessive intellectual curiosity

  • A history of writing for private or public consumption

As a participant, here’s what you’ll need to commit to:

  • 5-10 hours of work per week. You’ll use that time to write drafts, research your subject, and cycle through several iterations of your essay.

  • Weekly meetings designed to guide you through this process, provide feedback to other fellows and learning from domain experts.

At the end of the fellowship, each fellow will be expected to share a 10,000-15,000 word essay on the topic they choose. Each fellow will produce an essay that resembles my essay on information flow, Eugene Wei’s essay on Status as a Service, or Michael Nielsen’s essay on Reinventing Explanation.

If you’d like to apply, please send an email to myself (david@perell.com and Suthen Siva (suthens@gmail.com).

Here’s what we’ll need from you:

  • Subject Line: Write of Passage Fellowship Application

  • Question #1: What do you want to write about? And why would someone want to learn about this topic?

  • Question #2: Why are you the right person to write about this topic?

  • Question #3: Why do you think you’re a fit for this program?

Please limit your application responses to 1,500 words.

Please also include a link to your personal website, your Twitter handle, and attach some long-form writing samples. If they’re confidential, we promise not to share them.

The program will cost between $500 and $1,500.

The application deadline is October 31, 2019. The program will begin in January 2020 and run for three months.

Thanks for your consideration,

David Perell (Write of Passage Founder) and Suthen Siva (Director of the Write of Passage Fellowship)