On Deck Writer Fellowship (ODW)

Become a prolific internet writer. In 8 weeks.

The Writer Fellowship is an eight-week remote program for internet writers who want to improve their writing and grow an audience. We combine writing groups, a world-class curriculum and an incredible community to help you find traction online.

Apply Now
Application deadline: April 2, 2021
Kick-off: April 17, 2021
In partnership with

Everything you need to become a prolific internet writer

Navigate the complexity of writing online with workshops, peer editing, growth frameworks and much more.

Improve your writing via weekly writing groups and peer editing

The best way to become a better writer is through consistent, structured practice. That’s why writing workshops make up the core of the ODW Fellowship. Your cohort will be divided into small groups who meet once a week for peer editing and live feedback alongside one of our expert facilitators.

Apply Now

Grow your audience via tactical sessions and proven frameworks

Growing your readership isn’t about growth hacks, SEO, or “one weird trick”—it’s about understanding what your audience wants and building a connection with them that enables you to deliver more and more value each time. Learn the strategies and tactics that have helped the best writers in the business take their readership to the next level.

Apply Now

Become a member of an engaged, creative community

Every writer can benefit from being part of a supportive group of peers. Meet a diverse set of writers from around the world, and find a crew who can keep you inspired and accountable.

Apply Now

Join a community of internet writers

Community is the core of the On Deck Writer Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal community members from our first cohort.
Nick Whitaker
Managing Editor, Works in Progress
Dave Nemetz
Cofounder, Bleacher Report
Madison Kanna
Software Engineer, Keeper Security
Sahil Lavingia
CEO Gumroad; Angel Investor
Alysia Harris
Poet & Writer: Editor at Scalawag Magazine
Ashley Tolbert
Senior Security Engineer, Netflix
Leo Polovets
Partner, Susa Ventures
Soona Amhaz
Co-Founder, Token Daily/Volt

Apply for the On Deck Writer Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off January 23. Access to the program and community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).
Apply Now
Application deadline: April 2, 2021
Kick-off: April 17, 2021

Testimonials

Our Fellows are the heartbeat of our community. Here's what they have to say.

View More
Nick Singh

On Deck helped me realize that writing was a viable career. As a Software Engineer in SV, thought founding a tech startup was the only path. Then ODF1 happened.

12 months later, and I got a book on the way & a newsletter with 44k subscribers. Big fans of @david__booth & team!

Matias Sanchez

Couldn't recommend this enough. If you're writing for the internet or writing in general, this is the community you never knew you needed.

Meeta Sharma

Choosing to be a part of #ODW1 was easily the best decision of this year. I found a group of people who are invested in each other's growth and the growth of the creator ecosystem at large. Cannot recommend it enough.

Lyle McKeany

It's not an overstatement to say that @beondeck has changed the trajectory of my writing life. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but it's not.

If you want to start writing, hold yourself accountable to a regular writing practice, or level up your writing, don't hesitate.

David Hoang

I’m so glad I decided to do @beondeck’s writing fellowship. The weekly writing workshops are so helpful. In addition to the writing, it’s great connecting with other writers and brainstorming.

One idea is called “Design Management: Year One.”

#ODW1

Griff Foxley

Said it before, will say it again. On Deck Writers Fellowship continues to be a profound learning community of electric content and collaboration. Can't recommend enough.

Dave Nemetz

After a week in the @beondeck ODW1 writer fellowship, I'm pumped about the future for interdisciplinary communities. It's awesome to join a group from diverse professional backgrounds over a shared passion.

Props to @eriktorenberg for what he is building.

Alexander Hugh Sam

Just finished the @beondeck kick-off session for ODW1 and 🤯.

It's the most fun I've ever had for any onboarding whatsoever. The team and fellows are amazing and can't wait to get started.

Even did some (very bad) freestyle rapping and met cool people like @AnthonyMcG2!

Anthony McGuire

Highly recommend that people apply to the On Deck Writer Fellowship! It has been a gamechanger for me--one of the best programs in the world!

Parthi Loganathan

Excited for @beondeck's writer fellowship kickoff today! Did the original fellowship and here I am again as a repeat customer.

They're building the best communities for every niche.

Dan Stern

The kickoff for @beondeck ODW1 was the best onboarding experience I've ever had.

Huge props to @eriktorenberg and @maxnuss and team for making 3 hrs of zoom actually enjoyable

Speakers & Curriculum

Some of the world-class speakers joining us for our first and second cohorts.
Byrne Hobart
Katherine Boyle
Thomas Chatterton Williams
Robert Cottrell
Tyler Cowen
Nadia Eghbal
Polina Marinova
Kmele Foster
Introduction

Navigating the Writer Fellowship

Learn how to navigate ODW, interact with fellows and give useful feedback.

Website and newsletter infrastructure

Get your website or newsletter infrastructure set up from the start.
Finding Your Voice + Niche

Finding your niche

Learn how to find your niche and hone in on what you want to write about.

Developing your voice and brand

Learn how to find your niche and hone in on what you want to write about.

Understanding your audience

Discover who your own target audience is.
Research & Writing Process

Research

Learn research best practices, workflows, and tips.

Interviews

Learn how to structure and conduct engaging interviews.

Writing your first draft

Learn how to go from an idea → outline → draft.
Accountability & the Psychology of Writing

Building a writing habit

Learn how to build a writing habit and fight Writer's Block.

The psychology of writing

How to write when you have nothing to say and how to put yourself out there.
Storytelling, Narration and Structure

Narrative building

Learn how to structure, pace and tell an engaging story

Structure and pacing

Learn how to structure and pace your newsletter
Editing Your Writing

Editing

Learn the different stages of editing and how to cut down your writing.
Distribution, Growth & Monetization

Distribution and growth

Learn how to grow your audience and build your community.

Analytics for writers

Learn how to interpret your analytics.

Monetization 101

Discover the different ways to monetize your writing.
INCLUDING...
Writing Groups
Intimate groups with peer accountability and built-in structures to keep you writing.
Editing Support
Peer editing and feedback and 1:1 editing support with the ODW team and newsletter writers.
Writer's Library
Full access to a carefully curated Writer's Library with copious literature on writing, distribution and monetization.

The On Deck Method

We're building a modern educational institution that redefines how community and learning come together. Being part of any On Deck program means you’ll have access to a community of world-class professionals. With every new program we launch and cohort we start, your network gets stronger.

Here are the cornerstones of the On Deck experience:

Deep Friendships

Our 8- to 10-week-long virtual fellowships provide members with community, education, and support. This is a place for cohort-style learning, but also deep personal connections.

Unparalleled Knowledge

There are limitless opportunities for learning and sharing here. You’ll get access to expert speakers, office hours, build weekends, and our session library full of curated content. Dig in!

Community Diversity

We’re proud to have a community diverse in culture, thought, and life experiences. This enables revolutionary ideas, inclusive solutions, and boundless growth opportunities.

Scaled With Software

We’re building in-house tools to improve how we share community knowledge, aligned opportunities, and helpful connections.

Engineered Serendipity

When everyone is going through a shared experience and seeking similar goals, incredible things happen. It’s like walking into a party where everyone is single—FUN.

Spirit of Service

One of the things we love most about our community is how willing and excited members are to support one another. This spirit is the strong heartbeat of the On Deck community.
Alumni Case Study

Michael Jones

Founder/CEO: The Supercreator
Michael Jones
"There is a general expectation that writing fellowships are very tactical. Those things are valuable, but the humanity of On Deck is what has supported me in my writing life moving forward."
READ CASE STUDY
Michael Jones

Apply for the On Deck Writer Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off January 23. Access to the program, including lifelong access to the community, is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).
Apply Now
Application deadline: April 2, 2021
Kick-off: April 17, 2021

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODW, you are probably:

* A strong and enthusiastic writer with some form of past work to point to, whether that’s a published piece, an existing newsletter or blog, some copywriting you did for a job, or even just a short story you wrote when you were fourteen.
* At least a little bit entrepreneurial, with an independent spirit.
* Eager to be an active participant in a growing community, as much of the value of On Deck comes from the network and peer-to-peer connections.

You do not need to have an existing blog or newsletter to apply to the Fellowship. ODW is for writers who want to start building an audience as well as grow an existing one.

What does it cost?

Joining the On Deck Writer Fellowship is $1,990.

We're currently offering this as special early-bird pricing—it'll rise in the coming months, so apply now!

Are there scholarships or financing options available?

Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their financial situation.

All Fellows have the option to pay in four monthly installments (with no interest or additional charges). We also have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to our Access Fund. Information about scholarship applications will be provided to accepted Fellows closer to the kickoff date.

What is the time commitment?

Between attending your workshops and giving peer feedback, you should expect your writing workshop to take up around three to four hours a week.

Beyond workshops, ODW is a choose-your-own-adventure buffet. You get out what you put in: often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

* Attend everything and “gorge” yourself on knowledge until you explode
* Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
* Or just search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one

Most ODW Fellows have full-time jobs, so our programming is designed with that in mind.

Do I have to write about tech, business, or any other specific topic?

Absolutely not! Our Fellows write about a diverse list of topics. ODW1 features writers focused on technology, history, philosophy, science, international relations, arts and literature, religion, personal stories, and even fiction.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: ODW will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past two ODF cohorts mastering the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.

Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.

Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

You can! The sun never sets on ODW1: roughly 30% of current Fellows are from countries other than the U.S.

We offer a wide range of scheduling options for writing workshops so that you can find a time that works for you, wherever you are. Our other live programming mostly happens on U.S. Eastern hours, but is all recorded and made available later in case you can’t attend live.

There are also many opportunities for asynchronous editing, learning, and socializing through our Slack community.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

You can view our values here, but to summarize: Service, Sacredness, Respect, and Gratitude.

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.
other programS

On Deck Founders

Helping build community for top talent in the formative stages of starting a company.

On Deck Scale

Helping talented startup founders scale as leaders – all the way from seed stage to IPO.

On Deck First 50

Helping talented operators find their next role at a breakout early-stage company.

On Deck VCs

A high-trust network of top venture capitalists looking to fund and support world-changing companies.

On Deck Angels

Helping accelerate founders and experienced operators become successful angel investors.

On Deck Podcasters

Where the best podcasters go to grow their audience and hone their craft.

On Deck Writers

Helping internet writers improve their writing, grow their craft, and connect with a lifelong creative community.

On Deck No-Code

Helping systems thinkers harness technology to scale their impact, no coding required.

On Deck Community Builders

Helping community managers learn how to cultivate an engaged, tight-knit fan base.

On Deck Climate Tech

Helping leaders passionate about our planet's health turn science into concrete action.

On Deck Designers

For ambitious designers who want to hone their skills, increase their impact, and grow as leaders.

On Deck Chief of Staff

Where the best Chiefs of Staff go to uplevel their skills, build a supportive network, and get superpowers for themselves and their team.