Granville Power of the Pen alum Margot Fisher has been selected by Reese’s Book Club for the prestigious LitUp Fellowship. LitUp selected five unpublished and underrepresented women writers out of more than 800 submissions for a mentorship with a published author and publishing support.
Margot has been working on revising her own novel with her mentor, Laurie Frankel, author of four novels including One, Two, Three. Margot is attending a writing retreat in March, followed by an agenting round and a guarantee of publishing support from Reese's Book Club.
A Dream Come True
“The LitUp Fellowship is an amazing opportunity that I am so grateful for!” Margot says. “Traditional publication has been a dream of mine since childhood. Power of the Pen was the first time I felt like it might actually be possible.”
Margot’s coach was the late Susan Cramer, a longtime Power of the Pen coach, state tournament guest author liaison, and board member. ”Susan Cramer, our incredible coach, was an amazing mentor to me,” Margot says. “She taught me so much about craft and storytelling, and always pushed me to become the best writer I could be. It didn't matter to her that we were middle schoolers – she saw our potential and enabled us to grow and learn.”
Looking back on her experiences in Power of the Pen, Margot says it was her most meaningful school experience. “Even now, fifteen years later, I find myself using tools I developed on those Wednesday afternoons in the French room after school,” Margot says. “It changed my life and I wouldn't have gotten here today without it.”
Reese Witherspoon holds Leave It on the Track by Margot Fisher. This photo was used in the fellowship announcement.