A Room of One’s Own: Upcoming Residency Opportunities for Writers

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Do you ever wonder, “How am I possibly going to find the time to sit down and write my next book around my day job, taking care of my family, eating, sleeping…?” Uninterrupted time in a room of one’s own is precious and increasingly hard to come by for professional artists and writers. If you’re struggling to figure out how to carve out time for your work, you should consider applying for a residency or grant. These opportunities often prove to be defining moments in an artist’s career, allowing writers the peace of mind or financial support to focus on developing their projects.
On Monday, June 8, Graywolf Press Editorial Director Ethan Nosowsky will host his webinar, Applying for Grants & Residencies for Writers, to help writers understand what selection committees and grantors look for in competitive applications.

“I’ve been editing books for almost twenty years, and I can’t count the number of writers I’ve worked with who simply would not have gotten published without a well-timed grant or a much-needed residency at an artist’s colony.”
-Ethan Nosowsky

Below is a list of upcoming deadlines for grants, residencies and fellowship programs for writers. Register for Ethan’s webinar on Monday, June 8 to learn more about locating opportunities and choosing the right program for you. Please post any other upcoming deadlines or resources that your peers should know about in the comments section!

June 12 Deadline:
M Literary Residency in China and India
Shanghai, China & Sangam, India
“M Literary Residencies have been established to disseminate a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in India and China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural and artistic links across individuals and communities.”

June 15 Deadline:
Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
Johnson, VT
“25 Vermont Studio Center Fellowships open to all visual artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world, based entirely on merit”

18th Street Arts Center Residency
Santa Monica, CA
“Four live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months at a time (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines as well as art curators, writers, and musicians.”

Willapa Bay Residencies
Oysterville, WA
“Situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington state… The Residency has been specifically designed, from the site selection to the architecturally specific building concepts, layouts, and materials, to combine the opportunity for solitude with the opportunity for daily community that fosters creative endeavor.”

June 30 Deadline:
Lanesboro Artist Residency
Lanesboro, MN
“The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program offers two- and four-week residencies each year that are designed to provide emerging artists the opportunity to create new work.”

Yaddo Residencies
Saratoga Springs, NY
“Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.”

September 1 Deadline:
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residencies
Saratoga, Wyoming
“Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit organization offering time and space for artistic exploration to visual artists, writers, musicians and composers from all backgrounds, level of expertise, media and genres. two and four week residency sessions are offered per year depending on availability and applicant’s ranking in jury process.”

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Nebraska City, NE
“The KHN Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident is provided with comfortable accommodations, ample studio space, and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay.”

September 20 Deadline:
National Parks Arts Foundation Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Artist-in Residence Program
Island of Hawai’i, HI
“The volcanoes on the island of Hawai’i , Mauna Loa and Kīlauea, sacred to the Hawaiian people, have long attracted artists who were driven to capture the unearthly glows and dangerous beauty of the flows of molten rock that run all around the park boundaries. This residency offers a unique opportunity for the artist to witness at close range and be inspired by the vital creative unpredictable force of nature itself as it chaotically surges and erases and remakes its own work and humbles human endeavor (and a few state highways) by comparison.”

September 27 Deadline:
360 Xochi Quetzal: Free Artist and Writer’s Residency
Chapala, Mexico
“Enjoy a month of free housing and comfortable workspaces in this vibrant, international artist mecca! International visual artists, writers, playwrights, photographers, dancers, new media makers and musicians can apply.”

Bernheim Writers Residency
Louisville, Kentucky
“The Sarabande Writing Residency offers an annual residency of two to six weeks to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, an idyllic 14,000-acre nature preserve near Louisville, Kentucky.”

September 30 Deadline:
Denali National Park Artist Residency
Denali National Park and Preserve, AK
“Following a 10-day residency, each volunteers to lead a public outreach activity with visitors and to donate one piece of art to the program collection.”

Register Now

Make sure to register for Ethan Nosowsky’s webinar to find out how to put together a competitive application before you apply to these residencies!

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