Would you like two months in bustling Shanghai to polish on your manuscript? Or perhaps a working cattle ranch in rural Wyoming would provide you with the inspiration you need to start a new project? These residencies provide writers with a chance to escape daily life’s distractions and focus on their work. Each residency has its own terms and conditions, so please read the relevant websites thoroughly before commencing any applications.
Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Program
is dedicated to young and emerging writers from the Cities of Literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It offers a two-month stay at Villa Decius, a historical complex and cultural centre in Krakow. Residents receive a stipend of 2500 PLN (US$730) for travel costs. Applications close on 22 January.
Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship
is an annual award that allows professional writers living in Scotland to enjoy a month-long residency at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing in France with a stipend of £1200. Each year, four writers are invited to spend time with other artists and absorb fresh cultural experiences. Applications close on 31 January.
Visegrad Literary Residency Program
consists of a series of residency stays and literary events for writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets, essayists, critics as well as literary translators, publicists and journalists from the Visegrad Countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). Applications are open until 31 January.
Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
is hosted by Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Named for the University’s renowned literary alumnus and initiated in the fall of 1993, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers up to four months of unfettered writing time, lodging in Poets’ Cottage and a stipend of US$5000. Applications close on 1 February.
offers full and partial fellowships – including airfare stipend, tuition and lodging – to United States and Canadian writers of Luso (Portuguese speaking) descent. Four fellows will be chosen by an independent panel to attend Katherine Vaz’s Writing the Luso Experience workshop in Lisbon. Applications close on 9 February.
Can Serrat Residency
near Barcelona is offering one writer a one-month residency including accommodation, workshop space, activities and food. The residency is open to all writers regardless of nationality or age. Applications close on 10 February.
Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship
supports an established Australian writer to create new work within Australia’s leading interdisciplinary centre dedicated to easing the global burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions through innovative research and teaching. The fellowship runs for one year and includes a grant of AUD$100,000, an Honorary Appointment at the University of Sydney and a base in the Centre. Applications close 10 February.
American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
is open to writers worldwide. Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. Founded in 1920, the American Library is Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library. Applications close 15 February.
Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. There are three fellowship application deadlines in 2018; 15 February, 15 June and 1 October.
Berton House Writers’ Retreat
is located in Dawson City, Yukon. Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, journalism) may apply for a three-month residency. Applications close on 21 February.
Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer in Residence Fellowship
Boston Public Library was established in 1848 and is the oldest large municipal library in the United States. The Library’s Children’s Writer in Residence Program provides an emerging children’s writer with the financial support and space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults. The writer in residence receives a $20,000 stipend and a private office in the Central Library. Applicants cannot have published more than three books to date. Applications are expected to open in March.
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
offers year-round residencies of between two and eight weeks in Nebraska City. Open to writers, visual artists, and music composers worldwide, each resident receives accommodation, studio space, and a $100 per week stipend. Approximately 60 residencies are awarded per year. There are two deadlines each year: 1 March for residencies taking place between July and December, and 1 September for residencies between January and June.
Norton Island Residency
is located in a remote, rustic wilderness in Maine, halfway between Mount Desert National Park and Campobello Island. A committee of independent jurors will select 16 writers (from fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction) for inclusion in the program which runs from 7 to 17 July 2018. If accepted, a $125 residency fee is payable, though a small number of scholarships are available. Applications close on 1 March.
Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship
aims to give a writer time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas’ Writer’s Block in the fall or winter of 2018, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. In 2018 two fellowships will be offered – one for immigrant writers and one for Montana Indigenous writers.. Applications close 25 March.
Historic Joy Kogawa House
is located in British Columbia, Canada. This residency is available to Canadian writers who have published two books and have previous teaching and public speaking experience. Residencies typically run for three months, at a time convenient to the writer. Writers may apply for remuneration through the Canada Council or other arts council. Applications close on 31 March.
in Seattle aims to provide an inspiring and creative place where writers and readers of all levels share an appreciation for well-written words. Its writer-in-residence program offers private writing offices and a monthly stipend for a period of nine months. Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (e.g., developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in helping writers become better writers and fostering an appreciation of the craft. Applications close 31 March.
Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project
provides four residencies a year to writers living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in Orlando, Florida, in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of US$1000 are included. The Project also offers opportunities for residents to participate in readings, workshops and to interact with the central Florida writing community. Applications for the 2018-2019 residencies close on 16 April.
is run by the Nuoren Voiman Liitto Culture Association in Sysmä, southern Finland. Its residency is primarily designed to give young writers and translators the chance to focus on their work in a private and inspiring setting. Residency periods in Villa Sarkia are between one to three months. Applications for Autumn 2018 residencies close on 29 April.
Gladstone’s Library Writers in Residence
program began in 2011. Built in 1902, Gladstone’s Library is the UK’s only residential library. Four residencies are offered each year with each writer staying at the Library for a month. The Writers in Residence are asked to keep a blog about their stay, as well as running a creative writing workshop. Residents receive full room and board, reimbursement for travel expenses and a small stipend of £100 per week. Applications close on 30 April.
is calling for proposals for a writing residency in partnership with New York City Parks and the Freshkills Park Alliance. The five-day residency will allow the selected writer to produce a work of creative nonfiction engaging with the contemporary metropolitan landscape. The resident will receive a stipend of US$1000 plus up to $500 for travel and accommodation expenses. Applications close on 1 May.
Ljubljana City of Literature Writer in the Park International Residency Program
is offering two one-month residencies for writers at the newly restored Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre. The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application. Applicants must have published at least one book. Applications close on 31 May.
Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program
This residency for women writers is located on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles north-west of Seattle. The program is open to all women writers, whether their work has been published yet or not. Applications are expected to open in June.
New York Public Library’s Cullman Center Fellowships
is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit from access to the New York Public Library’s collections housed at its main branch on Fifth Avenue. Novelists, playwrights and poets are invited to apply, along with academics and independent researchers. Fellows can be from anywhere in the world. A stipend of up to $70,000 is granted to each fellow, along with an office, a computer and full access to the Library’s physical and electronic resources. Applications for 2019/20 fellowships will open in June.
Hosking Houses Trust
located in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, seeks to appoint women writers over the age of 40 who need time in which to start, continue or complete interesting or innovative work in English dealing with any subject. Private accommodation is provided in Church Cottage and a bursary of up to £1000 per calendar month is provided.
Varuna Writers House
awards 30 Residential Fellowships, including the Second Book and Flagship Fellowships, to Australian writers each year. Varuna Residential Fellowships offer a writer independent writing time, accommodation and full board at Varuna in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Varuna Fellowships are open to writers of all genres of imaginative writing. Applications open in June and close at the end of July.
Writers Omi at Ledig House
has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries, including Gary Shteyngart, Kiran Desai and Colum McCann. Ledig House located in Ghent, New York, two and a half hours from New York City and guests may select a residency of one week to two months. Application information for 2019 will be published on 20 August.
Scotland Writing Residency
is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during summer or fall, in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three bedrooms. The residency does not come with a cash prize. Applications close on 25 August.
The Jan Michalski Foundation Treehouse Residencies
take place at the foot of Switzerland’s Jura Mountains. As well as receiving accommodation in their own treehouse, residents will be paid a monthly allowance of 1200 Swiss Francs (approximately US$1200). Applications close on 31 August.
Prague City of Literature
is accepting applications for its writers’ residency program. There are six residencies available every year, each lasting two months. Residencies receive accommodation, a 600 euro per month stipend and are reimbursed for travel costs. Applications close on 31 August.
Tartu City of Literature International Residency Program
is open to writers and translators wishing to spend time in Estonia’s second largest city. Recipients will receive a two-month stay at the house of the former Karl Ristikivi Museum, a scholarship of 600 euros per month and travel costs to and from Tartu up to 350 euros. Applications close on 1 September.
Shakespeare and Company
is an English-language bookshop in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, opposite Notre-Dame. Since it was established in 1951, Shakespeare and Company has thrown open its doors to all sorts of writers, artists, and intellectuals who sought refuge. In exchange, Tumbleweeds (as guests came to be called) are asked only to “read a book a day,” help out in the shop for a couple of hours, and write a single-page autobiography for its archives. The bookshop has housed an estimated 30,000 Tumbleweeds.
MacDowell Colony Fellowships
support residences of up to eight weeks for writers & other artists. The colony is located in Peterborough, New Hampshire and has 32 unique individual artists studios. Applications are open until 15 September.
Jentel Artist Residency Program
is located on a 1000 acre working cattle ranch 20 miles south-east of Sheridan, Wyoming. It offers individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Applications for Summer/Fall Residencies close in January and applications for Winter/Spring Residencies closes on 15 September.
Granada Writers in Residence Programme
is targeted at emerging writers from around the world. Two selected writers will receive a month’s stay between 1 November and 1 December 2018 including accommodation and travel. Applications close on 20 September.
Wallace Stegner House
is located in Eastend, Saskatchewan. The Wallace Stegner House residency program accepts writers for stays from one week to up to eleven months. A rental fee of $250 is payable and includes all utilities. Writers and other artists from around the world are invited to apply. Applications requesting a stay of three weeks or more which are received before 30 September will be given first consideration.
Ireland Funds Monaco Residential Bursaries
have been established to enable literary and academic writers born or living in Ireland to pursue a current project during a one-month residency at The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. Recipients receive flights, accommodation, a weekly subsistence payment and a €1300 honorarium. Applications are expected to close at the end of September.
Denali National Park Artist-in-Residence Program
is dedicated to exploring new ways for visitors to experience Alaska’s Denali National Park. From hundreds of competitive applications each year, approximately six accomplished writers, artists and composers are invited by the park superintendent to spend ten days in Denali at their own expense the following winter or summer. Visits include a permit for limited access along the Denali Park Road and time alone at a historic ranger patrol cabin. Applications open on 1 May and close on 30 September.
M Literary Residency
offers a two-month-long residency in bustling Shanghai to a poet, fiction writer, or creative non-fiction writer. Sponsored by the M Restaurant Group, this program offers transportation, housing, food, and a $1000 stipend, and is required to participate in one or two events in the community. Applications are expected to open in October.
is a twice-yearly writers’ residency based in Kent, England, open to writers under the age of 30. Recipients will have use of a historic two-bedroom seafront flat in Margate, as well as a £250 bursary towards expenses and £50 towards train travel. Each iteration of the residency will have a different theme: the inaugural theme is novel-writing. Applications close on 15 October.
Fine Arts Work Center
fellowship program is only open to emerging writers. It awards seven-month writing fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers each year from October 1 through April 30. Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment and a monthly stipend of $750. Applications are close on 2 December.
Cove Park Literature Residencies
is a Scottish artists’ retreat located on the Rosneath peninsula, an hour’s drive west of Glasgow. Literature residencies take place between March and September and last for between one and three months. Applications are invited from established writers of short and long fiction; poetry; creative non-fiction and memoir; work that crosses these genres and also writers who have made their reputation in one field and wish to develop in another. To be eligible for consideration, writers must have published at least one full-length book in their field. Applications for 2019 residencies will close in December 2018.
Faber, the Arts, Sciences and Humanities Residency of Catalonia in Olot, is a place for writers, translators, artists of diverse disciplines, scholars and scientists to stay together and to work on their personal projects. Accommodation, a workspace and some meals are provided but the residency does not cover travel costs.
Wellstone Center in the Redwoods
offers four writing fellowships per year, as well as week-long writing residencies and an emerging writers residencies. The Center is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, four miles from the Pacific Ocean. Applications are considered year round.
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