Mañe'lon i Mantitige' Writers Fellowship

Mañe'lon i Mantitige' Writers Fellowship

Writing workshop

Mañe'lon i Mantitige' translates to "siblings who write together."

Mañe'lon i Mantitige’ Writing Retreat Application

The University of Guam Press hosts the Mañe'lon i Mantitige' Writers Fellowship with support from a grant from the Guam Economic Development Authority. The goal of the fellowship is to foster a community of local writers interested in publishing.

Writing Workshop

Mañe'lon i Mantitige' activities are intended to support writers throughout their writing process and include:

  • Peer-review writing workshops
  • Presentations by published authors
  • Development of editing and revision courses
  • An intensive writing and revision retreat

Peer-review Writing Workshops

Our peer-review writing workshop groups meet twice a month to share drafts of their work with their peers, who return the work with written and oral feedback. Every quarter, UOG Press hosts an online virtual reading event where members of the writing workshop groups share their pieces and engage with other fellows.

Presentations by Published Authors

Every quarter, UOG Press hosts a variety of craft workshops and presentations led by published and well-known authors. These workshops are open to both the mañelu in the fellowship and the general public. Past workshops include: Q&A Discussion with Award-Winning Poet & Independent Rapper, Meta Sarmiento and a “Healing through Writing” workshop with award-winning CHamoru Legends: A Gathering of Stories author Teresita L. Perez.

Intensive Writing and Revision Retreat

The Mañe'lon i Mantitige’ Writing Retreat will be an intensive four-day retreat for writers to spend time crafting and revising a book manuscript they intend to publish. The primary focus of the retreat will be to provide writers time and space to write away from their busy lives in a setting that inspires both creativity and productivity.

Five participants will be selected based on the publishing potential of their writing; commitment to their writing project; and clearly expressed desire to publish their work. Participants will be selected based on a blind review of their applications and manuscripts. 

Meta Sarmiento

  • Retreat Dates: Friday, February 5, 2021 - Monday, February 8, 2021 (subject to change)
  • Location: Malesso' Seaside BNB
  • Price: Free
  • Accommodations: Participants will be provided with room and board (meals, beverages and snacks) for the duration of the retreat.
  • Application Requirements:
    • Completed Application Form
    • A full, early draft of a book manuscript in any genre of literature (fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, poetry, short story collection, young adult, etc.) that the applicant intends to work on during the retreat and eventually publish. Manuscripts should not be in their final draft, but rather in a state of revision. The applicant’s name must not appear on this document as it will be subject to a blind review.
    • All prose submissions must be 25 single-spaced pages. Poetry submissions must be 25 pages without spacing requirements.

Deadline to submit applications: Jan. 15, 2021 (extended from Dec. 15)

Click here to download the application.