PEN America, a group that fosters free speech and creative expression, is taking applications for its Emerging Voices Fellowship, a seven-month program in Los Angeles to help unknown writers improve their writing and jump start their careers. From January to July, 2019, fellows will take part in weekly writing classes, one-on-one professional mentoring and other workshops, course work, meetings and events. The fellowship is focused on writers who might not otherwise be discovered, so it does NOT accept people who are currently enrolled in college degree programs or college graduates with minors in creative writing or advanced degrees in the arts. To be considered, you must be 21 or older. For details about the application, due August 1, visit: pen.org and click on “Grants & Fellowships” under the “Writers & Readers” tab. The fellowship comes with a $1,000 stipend.