Stay in a Treehouse and Get Paid to Write

The Jan Michalski Foundation is inviting applications for its third annual writers’ residency program. The residencies take place at the foot of Switzerland’s Jura Mountains and the selected writers each live and work in modern treehouses.

Writers from around the world are invited to apply, and applications from new or emerging writers are welcome. In 2019, a percentage of the residences will be dedicated to nature writing. Residencies can run from between two weeks and six months, and the length of stay should match the scope of the project.

As well as receiving accommodation in their own treehouse, residents will be paid a monthly allowance of 1200 Swiss Francs (approximately US$1200). Travel expenses will also be covered by the foundation and daily breakfasts and lunches are provided.

Applications will be assessed on three criteria:

  • the quality of the project
  • the candidate’s professional background
  • whether or not the duration of the stay matches the scope of the project.

Applications from new writers will be assessed based on the quality of the project and the motivation they are able to convey in their application.

Applications close on Friday 31 August. The successful writers will be announced in November and the first residencies will begin in February 2019.

For further information and to apply visit the The Jan Michalski Foundation website.

For more opportunities, see our guide to Writers Residencies in 2018.


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