Thursday, March 12, 2009

Writing Residencies

The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek has a two-week residency to take place between August 16th to September 13th in the Oregon Coast Range along the Pacific Ocean for two poets, fiction or creative nonfiction writers who'd like to work together on a collaborative project. Open to writers whose work "takes inspiration from the natural world." Residents are provided with a $250.00 stipend. Submit 3 sets of up to 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of prose, a one-page project description, and a CV. No application fee, deadline May 1st.

Also from Oregon state, The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest has one-week residencies in the Oregon Cascades to poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers in March, April or May. Open to writers whose work "reflects a keen awareness of the natural world." Residents are provided with a three-room apartment that includes kitchen facilities, access to the forest research site, and a $250.00 stipend. Submit 3 sets of up to 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of prose, a one-page project description, and a CV. No application fee, deadline May 1st.

The Kerouac Project of Orlando has three four-month residencies for writers at the historic home of author Jack Kerouac in Orlando, Florida. Includes room and board; open to poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers. Residents have to do some community outreach and give a public reading. Submit 2 copies of up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, a statement of intent and a resume. No application fee, deadline April 30th.

The MacDowell Colony has residencies of up to two months on a 450-acre estate near Mt. Monadnock in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Residents are provided with room and board, and travel expenses and personal expense grants are available based on need. For residencies between October 1st and January 31st, submit six to ten poems, 25 pages of fiction, or two to three essays as well as a description of the proposed project. (This one has an application fee of $20.00, but they offer to help out with travel and personal expenses for those who need it, so I thought it was worth listing.) Deadline April 15th.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has two to four week residencies in New York Mills, Minnesota, from July through December available for poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers. 51% of all residencies are awarded to writers from Minnesota or the five burroughs of NYC. Two-week residencies include a grant of $750.00; four-week residencies include a grant of $1500.00. Both offer living and studio space. Submit 5 copies of 12 pages of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction, two letters of recommendation, a brief biography and a community outreach project . No application fee, deadline April 1st.

All of the above residency listings were found in the March/April 2009 issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

4 comments:

  1. Two teen age boys means no way no how residency for me. LOL. In about 7 years, when they're both out of the house, maybe.

    Oregon coast. . . drools. . .

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  2. I'm tempted to send 15 pages of prose showing my appreciation for the natural world, but then I'd have the resulting apoplectic fit on my conscience. Guess I will find my own retreat. *g*

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  3. Wow, you mean to tell me that there are opportunities to get paid to spend several weeks of pure, quiet time in a lovely setting actually doing nothing but writing? What a great gig!

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  4. LJ, my sister lives out in Oregon near Mt. Hood, and she sends me photos all the time that make me wish I could apply for one of those two. But my two teenagers also make it necessary to keep my writing retreats in-house.

    Charlene, I think you're very much in tune with the natural world. The part no one sees, in the shadows, where the shapeshifters hang out, ha.

    Lynn, I've been on a couple of brief, private writing retreats in the past, and it is always an amazing experience. Just makes it harder to come home and face laundry, dishes, cooking, housework and everything else that gets between us and the writing. :)

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