Sarah Saltwick, a 2005 graduate of Hampshire College, has been awarded a three-year James A. Michener Fellowship in Creative Writing from the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers. The program is considered one of the five most highly selective programs in the country and is consistently ranked as one of the top ten graduate programs in creative writing.
A play by Saltwick was chosen out of almost 1,100 submissions in fiction, playwriting, poetry, and screenwriting, and she becomes one of 12 newly admitted fellows. Each fellow receives free tuition, a $25,000 annual stipend for three years with no teaching responsibility, and a $6,000 professional development fund for travel and research.
The Michener Center's MFA program was started in 1993 after Pulitzer-prize winning novelist James Michener endowed the University of Texas with $18 million to support a writing program. During the three-year program, students are required to work in two of the four disciplines offered: fiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting.