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General Resources for Creative Writers

1) AWP (Associated Writing Programs)
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Mail Stop 1E3
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

“The mission of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is to foster literary talent & achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, & to serve the makers, teachers, students, & readers of contemporary writing.”

2) Poets & Writers, Inc.
PO Box 543
Mount Morris, IL 61054
(386) 246-0106

“Poets & Writers Online includes a searchable database of over 6,000 writers; advice on topics such as copyright, publishing, and finding a writers conference; along with links to over 1,000 Web sites of interest to writers.”

3) NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) 155 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1507
Phone: 212-366-6900
Fax: 212-366-1778 www.nyfa.org

“NYFA is the most extensive national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists of all disciplines. Listings include over 4,200 arts organizations, 2,900 award programs, 4,200 service programs, and 900 publications for individual artists across the country.”


General Resources:

1) Alliance of Artist Communities
“The Alliance of Artists Communities is the service organization for the field of artists’ communities. Their main service is to provide information on artists’ communities to artists, students, and others, through the publication of their Directory, a searchable website, and their newsletter.”

2) Other Guides to Artist Communities:

3) Res Artis: worldwide network of artist residencies


I. Short term Residencies (generally 1 – 6 weeks):

Albee Foundation Residency
Description: Four or Six week residencies in Montauk, NY (eastern end of Long Island) open to poets, fiction writers, and playwrights between May and October of each year.
Application Deadline: March 1, annually.

The Blue Mountain Center
Description: A short-term residency in the Adirondack mountains of New York state, providing housing and meals to writers.
Application fee:
Application deadline: Feb. 1st, annually.

American Antiquarian Society Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers
Description: Four-week residency in Worcester, Massachusetts for writers interested in topics related to or inspired by American history. Projects (novels, poetry collections) should be intended for a general, rather than an academic, audience.
Note: Includes housing and stipend.
Deadline: October 5, 2011 (received)

Headlands Center for the Arts – Residency Program
Description: Fully-sponsored residencies between March and November annually, with no fee to attend. Accepts applications from emerging, mid-career, and experienced artists.
Application fee: $35
Application deadlines: rolling, see website

Hedgebrook Residency (for women writers only)
Description: Offers two to six week residencies for female writers on Whidbey Island, WA (part of the San Juan Islands in the Puget Sound, near Seattle).
Application Deadline: Early September, annually.
Application Fee: $30

Jentel Arts Residency
Description: Four-week residencies open to people over the age of 25 and who are not currently enrolled as a student at any institution. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.
Application Deadlines: Jan. 15th & Sept. 15th deadlines, annually
Application Fee: $25

Kimmel, Harding, Nelson Center for the Arts
Description: Short-term residencies for writers of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Housing and a $100 per week are provided.
Application Deadline: Sept. 1, annually

Ledig House / Art Omi (residency) for International Writers
Description: Located in Ghent, New York, Art Omi residencies offer writers of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, as well as translators and international writers the opportunity to live and work in a quiet, rural environment.
Application Fee: See website
Deadline: Oct. 20th, annually

Mailer Colony
Description: Short-term residencies for writers seeking solitude and space to write, located in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Application Deadline: March 2, 2012
Application Fee: $50

MacDowell Colony
Description: Four to six week residencies for creative writers and artists in rural New Hampshire.
Application Fee: $30
Application deadline: Rolling application deadlines of Jan. 1t5h, April 15th, and Sept. 15th.
Millay Colony
Description: One-month residencies in Austerlitz, New York. Includes housing, utilities, meals, and work space on a rural campus.
Application fee: $35
Application deadline: Rolling deadlines in spring and fall. See website.

National Parks Service – Artist-in-Residence Program
Description: Various opportunities for writers wishing to live in and write about a U.S. National Park. Programs, availability, and funding vary. See website for details.

The Ragdale Foundation
Description: Residencies of four weeks for creative writers that provide housing, meals, and a work space.
Application fee: $40
Residency fee: $35 per day

Red Cinder Artists’ Colony
Description: Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Red Cinder is a low cost retreat where artists are given time and space to work. There is a daily lodging and meal fee, though some aid is available (see website).

Santa Fe Arts Institute
Description: Residencies of one to three months in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Residency fee of $1,000 a month. Financial assistance available.
Application deadlines: Jul. 1st and Dec. 31st, annually.

Virginia Center for Creative Arts
Description: A short-term residency program offering housing, meals, and financial assistance to emerging and established writers, located in Amherst, Virginia.
Application deadline: rolling deadlines of Jan. 15th, May 15th and Sept. 15th of each year.

Vermont Studio Center
Description: Four to eight-week residencies in Johnson, Vermont that includes housing, meals, and a studio space. Financial assistance available.
Application deadline: rolling deadlines of Feb. 15th, June 15th, and Oct. 1st of each year.

VONA – Voices of Our Nation Summer Writing Workshops for Writers of Color
Description: A summer conference for writers of color.
Application deadline: March 1st, annually.

Description: Two to six-week residencies in rural northeastern Wyoming. Provides housing and meals to writers.
Application fee: $40
Application deadline: rolling deadlines of March 1st and Oct. 1st.

Description: The Corporation of Yaddo provides housing and meals to writers seeking time and space to write.
Application deadline: rolling deadlines of Jan. 1st and Aug. 1st, annually.

II. Long term Residencies and Fellowships
(3 months – 2 years):

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship at Colgate University
Description: A residency lasting from August to May of each year intended to give an emerging writer time to write, funding, and housing. It is expected that the fellow give a public reading of his/her work and teach one creative writing course per semester.
Deadline: January 15th, annually.
Note: Max. of 30 double-spaced manuscript pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry and 3 letters of recommendation are required.

Columbia College Emerging Poet-in-Residence
Description: An emerging artist residency aimed at underrepresented/minority poets.

Emory University Visiting Writer Fellowship
Description: This one-year residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia provides funds and office space for a writer working to complete a first book. Fellows generally teach one course a semester.
Application Deadline: Nov. 15th, every other year.

George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy
Description: One-year residencies at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH for emerging writers (primarily fiction, though playwrights and poets may apply).
Deadline: December 1st, annually
Application Fee: $10

Hub-bub Artist in Residence
Description: One writer accepted annually for an 11-month paid residency in Spartanburg, South Carolina at the Hub-Bub Arts Center. In exchange for free rent, utilities, and a $600 per month stipend, writers work on various literary endeavors at the Hub-Bub Arts Center. See website for details.
Application Deadline: February 15, annually

Kerouac House Residency
Description: Three-month residencies in Orlando, Florida, during which time the writer lives in Jack Kerouac’s former home. A small stipend is supplied and all utilities are paid for by the Kerouac Project.
Application Deadline: March 31st, every other year.
Application Fee: $25

Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers
Description: a four-month residency in Columbus, Georgia in the childhood home of author Carson McCullers. Includes housing, utilities, a $5,000 stipend. Residency begins Sept. 1st and ends Dec. 1st. The resident writer is expected to give a reading of his/her work, typically near the end of the residency.
Application Deadline: Applications accepted Jan. 1st through Apr. 1st, annually.

Penn / Arts Edge Residency
Description: A one-year residency in Philadelphia through the University of Pennsylvania in which the fellow may teach up to two courses at the university. Subsidized housing costing $400 a month is offset by teaching income.
Application deadline: 4/1/2012

Philip Roth Fellowship at Bucknell University
Description: A one-year residency at Bucknell University in Bucknell, PA. In even-numbered years, the fellowship accepts applications from prose writers, and in odd numbered years, the fellowship accepts applications from poets.
Deadline: Early February, annually

Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship
Description: A working fellowship at the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. See website for history and current application details.

Stadler Fellowships
Description: Fellowships for emerging and established writers at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. See website for specific details for each fellowship:
http://www.bucknell.edu/x36381.xml (Emerging Writer Fellowship)
http://www.bucknell.edu/x3733.xml (Stadler Fellowship)

Wallace Stegner Fellowship
Description: a two-year fellowship at Stanford University for creative writers who have not yet published a book. No degree required, and teaching opportunities may be available.
Application fee: $65
Application deadline: Dec. 1st, annually

Steinbeck Fellowship at San Jose State
Description: A one-year fellowship at San Jose State that includes a $10,000 stipend and housing assistance in the area.
Application deadline: Jan. 1, annually

Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships
Description: A one-year writing fellowship offering office space and a $26,000 stipend in exchange for teaching one creative writing course per term. Authors must not be previously published.
Application fee: $35
Application deadline: Mid-February, annually

III. Select International Residencies:

Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia
Description: Residency in Riga, Latvia during the month of July. The writer does not need any direct relationship to or interest in Latvia, as the residency is simply intended to give the writer time and space to write. Open to all genres.
Deadline: Dec. 15th, annually.
Application fee: $25

The Banff Centre
Description: “Situated in the majestic Canadian Rockies, The Banff Centre offers a unique and inspiring setting for artists of all disciplines to realize their creative potential. The Banff centre offers a number of programs for emerging and established writers in a variety of disciplines.” Financial aid is available, but differs by program. Check the website for more information.

Fiskars (Finland)
Description: One-month residencies available in the town of Fiskars, Finland. There is a residency fee, and travel to and from Fiskars is not covered.
Application Deadline: Sept. 15th, annually

IV. Writers’ Conferences / Summer Workshops:

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
Description: Annual 10-day writers’ conference held near Ripton, Vermont that includes classes, lectures, seminars, and social events. Limited work-study scholarships are available to emerging writers. While primarily attended by writers from the U.S., Bread Loaf accepts applications from writers across the globe.
Deadline: March 15th, annually.

Key West Literary Seminar
Description: An annual literary seminar featuring lectures, readings, and writing workshops, held in Key West, Florida.
Fee: $545, financial aid available.

Sewanee Writers’ Conference
Description: A 12-day writers’ conference at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Features readings, lectures, workshops and social events. Conference fees of $1,700 may be offset by financial aid awards and scholarships.
Application deadline: March 1st, annually

Tin House Summer Workshop
Description: A conference featuring intensive creative writing workshops, hosted by Tin House magazine and held at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Application fee: $40
Application deadline: Mar. 1st, annually



1) ALTA (American Literary Translators Association)

“In two decades, ALTA has emerged as a broad-based organization dedicated to the promotion of literary translation through services to literary translators, forums on the theory and practice of translation, collaboration with the international literary community, and advocacy on behalf of the literary translator. ALTA is the only organization in the United States dedicated solely to literary translation.”

2) ATA (American Translators Association)
“This site will help you learn more about the American Translators Association and the translation and interpreting professions.”

3) (CAT) Center for the Art of Translation
“The Center for the Art of Translation is a non-profit organization promoting international literature and translation through the arts, education, and community outreach.”

4) PEN Translation Committee
“The Translation Committee at PEN American Center was founded in 1959 to protect and support the work of literary translators and to celebrate the art of translation. The PEN Translation Fund was established in the summer of 2003 by a gift of $730,000 from an anonymous donor. The Fund came into being in response to the dismayingly low number of literary translations currently appearing in English. Its purpose is to promote the publication of translated world literature in English.”

5) (BILTC)Banff International Literary Translation Centre
“The primary objective of the residency is to afford literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project, within an international community of translators.”

6) Witter Bynner Poetry Translator Residency http://www.sfai.org/applications.html
“Two residencies of up to four weeks each are offered annually to foster the work of poets who are engaged in translating poetry from a foreign language into English.”
7) Universities:
University of Massachusetts Translation Center
19 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
Tel: 413-545-2203
Toll Free: 877-77U-MASS
Fax: 413-577-3400
email: transcen@hfa.umass.edu

The Center for Research in Translation at Binghamton University CRIT/TRIP office: Library Tower 1302, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902 607 777-6765, e-mail: trip@binghamton.edu
Center for Interpretation and Translation Studies (CITS)
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1890 East-West Road
Moore Hall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Email: cits@hawaii.edu Web: http://cits.hawaii.edu/
International Center for Writing and Translation
179 Humanities Instructional Building
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-3375
949-824-1948 (voice)
949-824-9623 (fax)


1) Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets supports awards, prizes, and fellowships for distinguished poets, as well as for those who are just beginning to make their mark. The Academy sponsors National Poetry Month, poetry readings, high school workshops, and other programs designed to promote poetry nationally.

2) Dustbooks
Publishers of Small Press Review, Small Press Books in Print, AWP Guide to Writing Programs, and various directories of small presses. Site basically offers ordering of these publications — no online versions.

3) Fulbright Scholarships
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars sponsors Fulbright Scholarships. American literature is one of many disciplines in which Fulbrights are awarded.

4) How to Tell If a New or Small Press Is Legitimate
Geared toward children’s book authors, but common sense advice for all writers.

5) PEN American Center
U.S. center for the international organization of poets, prose writers, and editors. Sponsors many programs that promote writers, including Prison Writing, Freedom-To-Write, and the Open Book Committee for writers of color. The PEN American Center sponsors several prestigious literary awards and publishes a directory of Grants and Awards for writers.

Writers in Exile

PEN Canada http://www.pencanada.ca/
The Canada Council will contribute $25,000 to PEN Canada to allow Genc Tirana, originally from Albania, to spend a year at the University of King’s College in Halifax (affiliated with Dalhousie University.) The Council is also considering the possibility of supporting a residency for a second writer in exile at another post-secondary institution.

PEN Canada is the English-language Canadian branch of International PEN, an international writers’ organization which promotes the importance of literature and defends freedom of expression around the world (There is also a French-language PEN Centre based in Montreal). For the last three years, Canada has chaired International PEN’s Writers in Exile Network and in 2004, PEN Canada created its own Writers in Exile Network, which seeks to establish partnerships with post-secondary educational institutions, libraries and municipalities to assist exiled writers so they can resume their writing and research activities in Canada. By contributing to this residency, the Canada Council’s partnership helps broaden the Writers in Exile Network.”
Brown University IWP Fellowship http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/IWP/#iwp
“The Brown International Writers Project is currently seeking nominations and applications for its one-year fellowship with residency. The Fellowship, supported by a grant from the William H. Donner Foundation, is designed to provide sanctuary and support for established creative writers – fiction writers, playwrights, and poets – who are persecuted in their home countries or are actively prevented from pursuing free expression in their literary art.”

Index on Censorship
“The only journal devoted to protecting and promoting free expression. International and outspoken, Index exposes suppressed stories, publishes banned writing, initiates debate and gives breadth to news often dumbed down in the world’s media. Every issue includes a thirty-page, country-by-country index recording violations of free speech.”