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Part 2, Grants for Writers

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Would you like a free work-vacation stay, maybe in Paris, France or in Bellagio, Italy? Sometimes even paid… as a Writer-in-Residency? Book mark these tips and links and check periodically the deadlines for grants, fellowships or writers residencies. Besides accommodation, writers often receive a stipend and travel expenses paid. A great way for writers to get out of their routine, find time to write, solitude and possibilities to advance their career. See also Part 1 of Grants for Writers.

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Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio, Italy, Residencies
Four-week residencies between March 10 and July 31, 2015. Open to composers, novelists, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers and visual artists from around the globe, with the goal of bringing together people of diverse expertise and cultures in a thought-provoking creative environment. Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a concurrent residency. The Center also offers collaborative residencies for two to four persons working on the same project.
Must demonstrate a history of significant achievement in their discipline. Individuals from developing countries and young artists with significant accomplishments — exhibitions, publications, performances — are particularly encouraged to apply. Residency provides housing and studio/work space. Residents are responsible for travel, food, and materials.
Deadline: May 1, 2014.
http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center/residency-program/arts-literary-arts-residency/overview

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Illinois Road Scholar Program
From the history of Motown to the moral tribulations of Albert Einstein, our curiosity can lead us to unexpected places. As an IHC Road Scholar, you’ll have the freedom to wander….take Illinois along with you!
Deadline May 5, 2014.  http://www.prairie.org/roadscholars

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Grant / Residency California and Arizona
The Creatives selected will be awarded a one-year opportunity to engage the residents in one of two affordable housing communities in Southern California and Phoenix, AZ to ignite social change through sustainable practices and programs. The Creatives selected – individual and or collective groups, will be given housing (or a housing stipend), a working stipend, and a small budget to execute their projects.
Deadline May 23, 2014.
http://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/grant-residency-opportunity-a-social-practice-initiative-of-living-resources-and-grand-central-art-center/

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Hedgebrook Residency
Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48 acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.
https://www.hedgebrook.org/programdetails.php?id=1

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Jentel Residency
Jentel has two sessions and two deadlines. All application materials, including contact information, resume, work sample, and reference contacts must be completed online through Submittable by September 15, 2014 for the January 15 – May 13, 2015 residencies. The Jentel Artist Residency Program lies in the Lower Piney Creek Valley with spectacular views over scoria topped hills to the majestic Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.
Deadline Nov 15. http://www.jentelarts.org/

 

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Japan Residencies for Writers
The Japan Creative Artist Residencies Program awards up to five three-month residencies, each of which includes a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support. Open to published U.S. poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to live in Japan and pursue creative projects. Each residency also includes a travel grant of up to $2,000. Writers who have published a book or at least 20 poems in five or more journals or five stories or essays in two or more journals are eligible.
http://www.jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/

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Horned Dorset Artists & Writers Colony
Emerging and professional artists working in the fields of writing,translating, musical composition, visual arts and interdisciplinary arts will be eligible to apply for a 4-week residency in the rural town of Leondardsville, located in central New York State.
http://www.horneddorsetcolony.org

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American Library in Paris – Visiting Fellowship
The Visiting Fellowship offers writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue book projects in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library. The Fellowship award, a stipend of $5,000 is intended to cover travel and housing costs for the Visiting Fellow. He or she will be expected to present the work-in-progress to the public in a weekday evening talk at the Library and to conduct one or two workshops for Library members on a subject of common interest. Fellowship applicants should be working on a book-length project, fiction or non-fiction, which resonates with the Library’s Franco-American traditions and interests and which might benefit from an extended presence in Paris.
http://americanlibraryinparis.org/events-programs/visiting-fellowship.html

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Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency, Paris, France
The goal of the Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency in Paris is to support and invest in emerging artists and writers, to provide an opportunity for them to advance their work and explore and engage with the cultural landscape of Paris, to encourage experimentation, and to increase exposure of their work to an international audience. The Residency is open to visual artists of all mediums, art writers, critics, poets, and creative writers, 24 years or older. Recent graduates are especially encouraged to apply. Applications start in February and stay open about a month.
http://www.artslant.com/la/foundation/index

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Hambidge, GA, Residencies
Apply through April 15th for the September through December residency period. Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented artists to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires artists working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.
http://www.hambidge.org/program-overview.html

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For more grant offers check out these websites periodically: Mira’s List and Res Artis (can be sorted by deadlines or countries, however not all are free in this list, some are paid retreats).   Read also our former posts: Get the Money! Apply! and 10 Important Steps when Applying for Grants.  Don’t forget: one in three proposal is typically funded in average. Study the requirements carefully, ask for copies of grant proposals they have previously funded. Some samples can even be found on their websites or other resources available online. Write your proposal in a positive manner and language and proof-read it carefully. Explain how your project can benefit others.

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Upcoming Grants for Writers

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Are you living in the USA, Canada or United Kingdom? The following grants, fellowships or writers residencies are mostly offered on a yearly basis, sometimes even twice a year. Bookmark their links and check periodically their deadlines. Besides accommodation, writers often receive a stipend and travel expenses paid. A great way for writers to get out of their routine, find solitude and time to write in order to advance their career.

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Iowa Artist Fellowship
The Artist Fellowship provides support to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity in the arts and the capacity for continued contributions to the excellence and innovation of the arts in the State. The Artist Fellowship Program seeks to elevate the arts in Iowa by advancing the artistic careers of Iowa artists through funding and professional development. The Iowa Arts Council awards each fellow $5,000 to support the development of their artistic career.
Deadline May 1, 2014. http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/funding/overview.shtml

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Gladstone Residencies, UK
Gladstone’s Library’s immensely successful Writer in Residence program is now seeking submissions for residencies to take place in 2015. There will be four residencies offered in 2015. Each of the winning writers will be awarded a full month’s residency in the wonderfully creative atmosphere of Gladstone’s Library. During that month, each writer will publish two blogs about their stay, run a one-day workshop on the craft of creative writing, and host an evening event where they talk about any aspect of their writing life. Each residency comes with full board and lodging, travel expenses within the UK and a stipend of £100 per week.
Deadline June 30, 2014. http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/writers/
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Nebraska Mini Grants
Mini Grants are designed to provide quick access to funds supporting a variety of arts projects that use artists or arts activities as a key component. Examples of project types include exhibitions, performances, poetry readings, commissions and/or support of new work development, arts festivals, community murals, and cultural heritage projects. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, public agencies and subdivisions of governmental agencies. Organizations may submit up to two Mini Grant applications per fiscal year. Maximum request: $100 – $2,000. Deadline: At least six weeks and no more than twelve weeks prior to the project start date. http://www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/grants/grant_categories.html/title/mini-grants
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Residencies in Southern California and Phoenix, AZ
Specifically, the Creatives selected will be awarded a one-year opportunity to engage the residents in one of two affordable housing communities in Southern California and Phoenix, AZ to ignite social change through sustainable practices and programs. The Creatives selected – individual and or collective groups, will be given housing (or a housing stipend), a working stipend, and a small budget to execute their projects.
Applications should be submitted to arrive no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, May 23, 2014.
http://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/grant-residency-opportunity-a-social-practice-initiative-of-living-resources-and-grand-central-art-center/

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New Orleans Arts Council Grants
The deadline to submit applications for FY2015 grants through the Arts Council of New Orleans’ Online Granting System is before midnight on May 15, 2014. Grants are available for arts activities to take place in Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptiste and Terrebonne Parishes between October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015 through the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program. Grants are also available for arts activities to take place in Orleans Parish during the 2015 calender year through the Community Arts Grants Program.
http://www.artscouncilofneworleans.org/index.php?topic=grants.announce
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Red Gate Residency in China
Red Gate Residency in Beijing is currently accepting applications for October, November and December of 2014 and all of 2015. Red Gate Residency is an international artists residency program providing artists, curators, writers, and academics with the opportunity to live and create work in China. Our objective is to provide facilities for artists to easily start their projects and offer a community in which they can participate as much as they like. Artists working in any medium, writers, academics, and researchers are all eligible.
http://www.chinaresidencies.com/residencies/red-gate-residency
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Island Art Residency Michigan
The Hill House Artist Residency supports talented artists—emerging songwriters, writers at all stages of their career and many kinds of non-studio artists—with the time and space to create new work. Artists age 21 and older from anywhere in the world may apply. Solo artists as well as collaborating teams of up to four people are welcome. Application deadlines: April 1 and October 1.
http://www.artmeetsearth.org

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Florida Artist Fellowship
The Individual Artist Fellowship Program recognizes the creation of new artworks by individuals of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. Fellowship awards support the general artistic and career advancement of the individual artist.
Deadline June 2, 2014. http://www.florida-arts.org/programs/fellowship/

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Fellowship for Editorial Writing
The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was established to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. The cash award allows Pulliam Editorial Fellows to take courses, pursue independent study, travel, pursue other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue. The Pulliam Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world.
Deadline June 22, 2014. http://www.spj.org/a-pulliamfellow.asp

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Arts in Education, NH
The Council invites applications from professional artists in all disciplines who are experienced in their field/s and can make a strong personal commitment to working in an educational setting with students, educators, administrators and parents to apply to the Arts in Education (AIE) Roster. Interested artists should contact the Arts in Education (AIE) Coordinator Catherine O’Brian to discuss their application prior to submitting it.
Deadline May 2, 2014. http://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/artists/aieroster.htm

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Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grants 
These grants contribute to travel costs associated with participation in professional and career development activities in order for applicants to network, share knowledge, gain skills in specific arts practices and engage in dialogue about equity in the arts. No deadline. You may apply for one of the following fixed amounts to help cover your travel costs, based on excursion fares: $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 or $2,500. However, the two highest amounts ($2,000 and $2,500) are available only if you are traveling to or from northern Canada or to international destinations other than the United States and Europe. These grants cannot be used for travel that occurs before the date that the application is submitted.
http://canadacouncil.ca/en/council/grants/find-a-grant/grants/capacity-building-initiative-travel-grants

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$25,000 Offer for 3 Months Writers Residency

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All Canadian writers of established literary reputation in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction or drama are encouraged to apply. The writer-in-residence receives CAD $25,000 !!!  for the three-month residency.  The Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence program is a full-time, three-month residency for Canadian writers. The writer-in-residence resides in Lucinda House, a century home close to Laurier’s Waterloo campus, and splits his or her time between writing and community programming at the university’s various campuses.

The full-time position (40 hours/week) requires 40% of the author’s time to be spent on community programs or projects, leaving 60% of the work-week available for the writer’s own creative projects. Community programs and projects include reading manuscripts and consulting with students and the public, visiting classrooms, giving readings and lectures, leading workshops, or participating in similar community programming, on Laurier’s three campuses.
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Who Should Apply?
All Canadian writers of established literary reputation in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or drama are encouraged to apply. The following criteria are required:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Established literary reputation with critically well-received work.
  • Professional teaching or public speaking experience.
  • Willing to engage with the public one-on-one and in group settings.
  • Active participant in the writing community.
  • In the midst of a new writing project intended for book-length publication.
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The Following Criteria are Considered Assets:

  • Experience in working with youth;
  • Experience in working with the public and with beginning writers.
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Download the Call for Applications
for a complete list of rules and regulations and all the details on how to apply.
Apply electronically by 4 p.m., May 31, 2014

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9 Writer Residencies, Grants and Funding

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Earlier this month we wrote already about it:  Winter and early spring are good times to apply for Writer Grants, which includes fellowships, workshops, residencies, travel expenses, sometimes even meals or small allowances … and not only in North America, but worldwide. Here are nine additional tips and addresses where you can apply. 

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Australian Publishing and Promotion Grants
This grant supports Australian book publishers and overseas publishers to publish literary work by Australian writers and supports innovative publishing projects that contribute to the development of Australian culture.  Applications are accepted from: Australian book publishers (established and emerging publishers), overseas book and magazine publishers.
The Literature Board will accept applications from Australian and overseas organisations for support towards airfares, fees and expenses for the participation of Australian writers at literary festivals and conferences and other promotional activities.
Deadline March 23
http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/artforms/literature

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Art Kibbutz Residency Program / Scholarship
Art Kibbutz is delighted to announce the launch its spring residency program at Eden Village Camp – a spectacular 248-acre venue bordered on three sides by the wooded hills of Clarence Fahnestock State Park in the Hudson Valley, 50 miles north of New York City.
The pilot residency provides participants with the power to shape an innovative new program, the only one of its kind to explore creative art, Jewish teachings and tradition and environmental awareness. Scholarships are available based on need. Art Kibbutz will also work with accepted artists to find funding for their other expenses; provide letters of invitation and prepare individualized budgets. Artists are expected to participate in events that foster relationships with the international Jewish community.
Deadline March 23
http://www.artkibbutz.org/environmentalland-art-residency.html

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Atlantic Center for the Arts New Smyrna, FL
During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, interact/collaborate, and work independently on their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere, unstructured program and lush, unspoiled environment provide considerable time for artistic experimentation, exploration and creation. Location New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Application deadlines: Full and partial scholarships provided.
Deadlines: March 24 for Summer, May 19 for Fall residency.
http://www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org/master-artist-residence-program-details-0

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Harlem Community Arts Fund
Grants from US $1,000 – $3,000 for artists and arts organizations based in and providing services within the Harlem community. Individual artists of all disciplines of literary, media, visual, music, and performing arts may apply to support specific, forthcoming professional development opportunities or the cost of a work in progress. Deadline: March 31
http://www.harlemaa.org

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Jack Jerouac Writer in Residency
Provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums.
Utilities and a food stipend of $800 are included. Electronic applications only.
Location Orlando, FL. Application fee $25.  Deadline: March 31
http://kerouacproject.org

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Rhode Island Fellowship Grants
Rhode Island artists who have created a substantial body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner are encouraged to apply for a RISCA Fellowship award. Artists who are residents of Rhode Island, and working in the disciplines of: Film & Video, Fiction, Photography, Play/Screenwriting, Poetry and Three-Dimensional Art can apply for one $5,000 Fellowship and one $1000 Fellowship Merit Award in each discipline annually.
Deadline April 1
www.arts.ri.gov/grants/guidelines/fellow.php

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The Writer’s Center Bethesda, MD – Fellowship
Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the center receive a $250 honorarium each, and others receive $500 each. Fellows also give a reading at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Poets who have published no more than three books and prose writers who have published no more
than two books are eligible. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. Deadline March 15
http://www.writer.org/page.aspx?pid=927

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Bogliasco Foundation
Bogliasco, Italy. Residencies of an average of 32 days for qualified persons engaged in advanced creative work or scholarly research in archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, and visual arts.
Residency provides housing, meals, and studios. Artist are responsible for travel, materials, and any additional living expenses.
Deadline: April 15
http://www.bfny.org/english/fellowships.cfm

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Hub City Residency
The Writers House provides two residencies per year in a historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a graduate school degree in creative writing within the past five years.
Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a twice-monthly stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals. The 10-week summer residency runs from June 15 to Aug. 24. A nine-month residency runs from September 3 to May 31of the following year. Both residencies include a community service element. The program is targeted at early-career writers, preferably without a published book.
Deadline April 1
http://hubcity.org/writersproject/fellowships-and-scholarships/the-writers-house-residencies//?/residencies/

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For more grant offers check out these websites periodically: Mira’s List and Res Artis (can be sorted by deadlines or countries, however not all are free in this list, some are paid retreats).   Read also our former posts: Get the Money! Apply! and 10 Important Steps when Applying for Grants.

Everyone knows Kickstarter and IndieGoGo in the meantime. But there are other sources to fund writing projects, workshops, prints, publicizing efforts or lectures. Writers and small publishers are offered quite a number of grants and funding money.  Most are geared towards projects, rather than core funding. Think writing projects for example instead of business/office supply or salaries.
Show an interest in the Funders’ organization, call them for further information and find out the name of the person you should address the proposal if it is not stated specifically.

Study the organization and successful grants. Some of them make samples of grant proposels they have funded online available. You can see the “language” they prefer and get an idea what type of projects were successful. Learn and understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines. It’s important how well your written presentation answers their questions.

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APPLY: 13 Residencies and Grants for US Writers

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New Year means new resolutions. Why not this one: finding space and time to work on your goals and write uninterrupted from daily chores and demands?  It is a myth that you have to be famous in order to receive a grant or become a writer-in-residence.  Most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there. Unnecessary fear of being rejected prevents a lot of writers from applying for opportunities that are out there. But the numbers are in your favor: in average, 1 in 3 applications will be granted. 

If you have never written a grant proposal before, do some research on the topic before you begin. Numerous how-to listings and guidelines offer insights to novice grant writers, and even those with experience. Understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines. As more applications you write, as easier and faster it gets.

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360 XOCHI QUETZEL Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

This FREE one-month artist residency on Lake Chapala in central Mexico, will serve artists, especially fiber artists and writers. Beautiful home with kitchen, living room downstairs and bedroom and a spacious studio upstairs. There are also 2.5 bathrooms. Free local phone service. International calls can be made via Skype. January 18, 2014 for the May Residency. 
http://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies/360-xochi-quetzal

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Cactoctin Mountain Park, MD

The Artist-In-Residence, including writers, will spend two weeks immersed in the natural and cultural resources of the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. During this residency, the artist will produce a novel work and share the artistic process with the public. Application may be made for one- or two- week periods. The Catoctin Forest Alliance will accept applications for the Artist-In-Residence Program no later than February 15, 2014
www.catoctinair.org

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The Artist-In-Residence 
Program at the Petrified Forest offers professional WRITERS, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September.
Artists will present two public programs during their residency. This interaction can be tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, and experience using only a few hours during the residency period. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. In addition to the park, the nearby community college art department can be used as a public program venue.
Deadline February 15, 2014
http://www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/artist-in-residence.htm

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The Lillian E. Smith Foundation Writer-in-Service Award
It includes a two-week residency, a $500 honorarium, and a $300 travel allowance, and is given once a year. The Award is open to residents of the United Sates working to advance the arts through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc. The Writer-in-Service Award residency, Smith Center in Clayton, Georgia, in 2013 provides two weeks of peaceful solitude to focus a new or ongoing writing project. This award provides an opportunity for those writers who like Lillian E. Smith recognize “the power of the arts to transform the lives of all human beings.” Deadline November 15, 2014.
http://lillianesmith.org/
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Maine Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowships reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness regarding the eminence of the creative sector in Maine. The Maine Arts Commission offers five fellowships annually in functional craft, literature, visual arts, performing/media arts and traditional arts. Literary Arts deadline May 2, 2014. Grant amount: $13,000.
http://mainearts.maine.gov/grant_individualfellowship.aspx
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Colorado Jumpstart Awards
Jumpstart Awards provide fresh energy to writers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to help stimulate their creative business or organization, whether non-profit or commercial. The end goal is that grantees will achieve tangible business benefits, such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices. Deadline: June 19, 2014. The maximum request is $4,000 if your arts income in 2013 was between $25,000 and $99,000. Funds are paid on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of final report and expense receipts.
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/manage-your-award
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/Artists%20%26%20Entrepreneurs/colorado-creates-grant
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The Lighthouse Works Fellowships
Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. The Lighthouse Works provides fellows with housing, food, studio space for six weeks, a $250 travel allowance and a stipend of $1,500.
Fishers Island, NY, is a small island located in the Long Island Sound just off the coast of Connecticut, accessible by ferry from New London, Connecticut, and by private or commuter boat from Noank, Connecticut. The island is isolated, but not remote; New York City and Boston are both within three hours of the island, and public transportation to any major east coast city is easily accessible. Deadline April 12 and June 30.  More information on the island life and how to apply for the residency:
http://www.thelighthouseworks.com/fellowshipprogram.html

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Big Cypress National Preserve Residencies, FL
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the preserve’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a dormitory setting, with each person having their own room, and sharing living room / dining room / kitchen and bathroom space. Big Cypress primarily looks for short-term (less than one month) and long-term (one to three months) residents during our wet (May through October) and dry (November through April) seasons.
Entries are accepted for the 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence Program with postmarks dated September 1, through November 30, 2014.
http://www.nps.gov/bicy/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence-program.htm

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Ntl Park, MI

The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds, or a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire. A three-week time block is available during October. The artist is asked to donate to the park an original piece of work representative of their medium, produced during the residency, and to contribute to the advancement of the park’s mission.
http://www.nps.gov/slbe/parkmgmt/artistinresidence.htm

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Turkeyland Cove Foundation, 
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For New England and NY State residents only! Turkey Land Cove Foundation offers a personal retreat for motivated women in Edgartown, MA., to pursue their professional, educational and artistic goals, away from the distractions of daily life. TLC Foundation will review the financial circumstances of each applicant and will only make grants to women who could otherwise not afford the period of retreat. Our grants cover room and board plus reasonable transportation expenses. Based on individual need, we will also consider helping fund increased home expenses, necessitated by a caregiver’s absence, as well as goal-related expenses or materials relevant to the purpose of the grant, on a case-by-case basis. After her stay, each grantee will be required to write periodic reports updating the board about her progress towards her goal and how this grant has affected her life. The first report is due within six months of her stay, and then once annually for three years. The deadline for our fall session 2014 (September 15 through February 1, 2015) is June 1, 2014.
http://www.turkeylandcovefoundation.org/
http://turkeylandcovefoundation.webs.com/TLCF%20Foundation%20Brochure.pdf

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The Leeway Foundation

Grants to support women and transgender artists in the Philadelphia area, who create art for social change. Art and Change Grant provides up to $2,500 for project-based work and the Leeway Transformation Award gives $15,000 in unrestricted funds to artists with at least five years experience. Applicant support sessions are an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Leeway representative to get direct feedback on your application.  Deadline May 15, 2014
http://www.leeway.org/apply-for-grants/appsupport.html

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Mesa Refuge
The Mesa Refuge is a writers’ retreat located in Point Reyes Station, CA. It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity. Since 1998, we have granted residencies to over 500 writers. The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs. The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. Location Point Reyes Station, California. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost, however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident’s responsibility. Application fee of $25 to cover administrative costs.
http://www.mesarefuge.org/

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North Dakota Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. The program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities.  Grant Amount: Requests from $1,000 and $2,000.  Deadline dates: April 1 and November 1, 2014.  Deadline date: February 15, 2013.  
http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html

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Authors League Fund
This is a “last-minute-resort” kind of loan for authors who got ill and are overwhelmed by medical bills. The Authors League Fund was established by the Authors League of America, Inc., to help career authors and dramatists in the United States and in financial distress due to an urgent situation.
The Fund makes interest-free loans to professional writers in need; for example, writers with health problems and inadequate health insurance, or older writers whose income has ceased.
Loan-seekers must show need and documentation of their professional status. Method of contact: telephone, letter or email. http://www.authorsleaguefund.org/

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For more grant offers check out these websites periodically: Mira’s List and Res Artis (can be sorted by deadlines or countries, however not all are free in this list, some are paid retreats).   Read also our former posts: Get the Money! Apply! and 10 Important Steps when Applying for Grants

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Need Time and Peace to Write?

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The Mesa Refuge for Writers
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Are you wishing sometimes to be in solitude, writing on your manuscript all day long, have no appointments and no distraction from anyone and anything, no emails, no cell phone … If you really want to concentrate on your writing: The Mesa Refuge is a writers’ dream retreat, located in Point Reyes Station, CA, north of San Francisco.  It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity.

The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs — all are welcome.

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Invited are especially people to think and write about the intersections between human activity — capitalism in particular — and the natural world we are obliged to preserve. A Mesa Refuge residency is an opportunity to develop ideas and projects so that they may be published and transformed into practice.  Now Receiving Applications for the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Health Writer in Residence Program  -  Complete Applications Due on Monday December 2, 2013.
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California Location
Residents are offered the gift of time and space. There is a settling in, a letting go, a connecting with nature’s muse, and a finding of creative rhythm.  The Mesa Refuge is located on a bluff overlooking Tomales Bay, perched on the edge of the Point Reyes National Seashore, an ideal place for contemplating many things.  See a video about the Mesa Refuge on YouTube.
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The Refuge is misty bluffs, hummingbirds and herons, winding paths of lavender and sage, daisies and roses, solitude, the company of other writers, and the blissful absence of noise, demands, and daily chores. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the many attractions of the Point Reyes area. Opportunities include hiking, kayaking, beach-combing, bicycling, bird watching and yoga, as well as gardening, tennis and ping-pong. The town of Point Reyes Station is a 10-minute walk away.

newspaper wrote about the area:  “If you are looking for heat relief, it would be hard to find a cooler spot in Northern California. The regions famous fog hangs along the Point Reyes shoreline nearly all summer, then miraculously lifts in late summer and early fall.  And whether you want to hike a mountain or walk on a beach, paddle a kayak or pedal a bike, the nearby Point Reyes National Seashore offers an ideal place.”
The Point Reyes Bookstore hosts author talks almost every weekend and publishes an annual literary journal, the West Marin Review. It really reflects the incredible creativity in this community, said bookstore owner Steve Costa. “Not many communities of this size publish their own literary journal.”

The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. A printer is available for common use; however, residents need to bring their own computers and writing supplies. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost, however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident’s responsibility.
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Application Information
Complete application information can be found under: Residency Guidelines.  For more information on availability and rates, please contact Juliet Kirkham at juliet.kirkham@gmail.com

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Spring Session 2014 Residency Dates

  • Session 1: March 28 – April 10
  • Session 2: April 11 – April 24
  • Session 3: April 25 – May 8
  • Session 4: May 9 – May 22

Fall Application Process

Complete Applications Due Monday June 2, 2014

Fall Session 2014 Residency Dates

  • Session 5: September 19 – October 2
  • Session 6: October 3 – October 16
  • Session 7: October 17 – October 30
  • Session 8: October 31 – November 13

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3 CBC Literary Prizes for Canadian Authors

Canada Writes Contests

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What you can win
First prize in each competition is $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts. The winning text will be published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. Winners will also receive a 2-week writing residency at The Banff Centre (details about the residency at The Banff Centre).

Four runner-ups will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will have their text published on the Canada Writes website.

Writers have been polishing their words at The Banff Centre in the heart of the Canadian Rockies since the 1930s. The Centre is a hot-bed of creativity, providing time, tools, and mentor-ship for the creation of new work in all artistic disciplines. The Centre’s varied Literary Arts programs are led by some of Canada’s top writers, including Ian Brown, Daphne Marlatt, Nino Ricci, and Fred Wah — Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Writers, emerging and seasoned, gain input and inspiration in a retreat setting. Programs are offered in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, digital literature and innovative forms, and spoken word.

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CANADIAN SHORT STORY PRIZE

Canada Writes, with partners CBC, Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, are pleased to announce the Grand Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website.

She or he will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio. The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Submissions to the short story category must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words.  A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry. Deadline to submit: November 1, 20133. This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished short story, submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate. The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select the Grand Prize winner and 4 runners-up.
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POETRY
The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her poetry published in Air Canada’s “enRoute” magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio’s “The Next Chapter” with Shelagh Rogers.

This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate. The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.

The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website. Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words.  A fee of $25.00 for administration purposes is required for each entry.
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http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/writing/ri127227329682968750.htm

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3 Writing-Centers in Massachusetts

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Getting Support Before You Write the First Word

By Bart Stewart
Many writers buy into the myth of the literary hermit, the idea that writing is a solitary craft suitable for lone rangers only. It was probably never true, and certainly it is not now.
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Most of us understand that once you achieve that manuscript of wonder and glory you will need to have an independent editor go over it. No matter what your English Composition grades looked like, a fresh pair of eyes and a different viewpoint is crucial. No-one can do without it. We also know that when a book is finally declared finished, one must choose a service to help promote and market it. But beyond that, it is best to have a creative support, before you write word number one of your book.
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Writing Critique
We always have friends and relatives reading our work, and that’s fine for gauging what a general reader enjoys. But you can’t depend entirely on these folks, because they are unavoidably biased, and will always hold back tough criticism. Sad to say, you have to rely on the kindness of strangers. This means a choice between joining a free writer’s group or something closer to a proper school. The latter can be pricey, but chances are you will get what you pay for.
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Writers Groups
A free writers group can be helpful, or at least better than nothing. It is interesting, though, how many stand-up comedy routines exist about them! You must go in with no assurance at all that the other participants are going to be any better than you are at writing, or even sane, or that there will be any compatibility in terms of the kind of writing to be discussed. A writer who wants to do gritty, realistic, literary fiction will only gain just so much from one who wants to do sword-and-sorcery. (Not to say there could not be some benefit, or at least a friendship.) Even if you join a genre-specific group it can be a sub-optimal experience.
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College/university classes, including credit
At the other end of the spectrum, colleges and universities offer Master of Fine Arts programs  (MFA), and while there is no substitute for these in terms of quality, they are naturally expensive and time-consuming. A happy medium for the dedicated author might be a quality writers’ center. This is best thought of as a school, but there are no degrees and the cost is a fraction of the university. What you are looking for in a writers’ center is a track record, in terms of the instructors, if not the center itself.

Writers Center
Two that I can vouch for are located in Massachusetts:

Norman Mailer Writers Colony
In Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, you will also find the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, part of New York’s Norman Mailer Center.
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Grub Street, Boston, MA
If you don’t find anything nearby, take heart. Grub Street is one of the largest independent writer centers in America, and it will begin offering online classes this year. From their site:
“Grub Street will introduce a few new online courses each term, revising the format as we go and building on what has worked well in previous classes. Our students and instructors are partners in this process, and we seek advice from everyone in our virtual community as we create a robust program of top-notch online offerings.”
For some courses you will still no doubt need proximity to Boston. Grub has an incredible year-long program called the “Novel Incubator”, which only select authors can get into, and which provides the kind of intense development of a novel you would only find in an MFA program. A wide-ranging program for teen writers is available. Grub Street also has one of the nation’s biggest writers’ conferences. The Muse and the Marketplace draws writers from coast to coast with its outstanding speakers and seminars.

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You don’t really have to start with a writing center before you get started writing your book. They can help a project along at any stage. Chances are you’re not contemplating the writer’s life without at least having some basic groundwork done. It is a difficult life, but the rewards are not to be found elsewhere. My advice is—don’t go it alone. You don’t have to.

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Bart Stewart is the author of Tales of Real and Dream Worlds, a collection of surreal short stories in the school of Richard Matheson. It won a finalist prize at the 2008 National Indie Excellence Awards. His debut novel Painter of the Heavens is a psychological thriller. By turns funny, poignant, and suspenseful, it deals with a woman who becomes romantically involved with a con artist. Painter of the Heavens launches on Kindle this fall.
Follow Bart on Twitter, @BartStewart1, Google+ at http://goo.gl/8pkWcc, and his wide-ranging, free-wheeling, free-thinking blog, at http://BartStewart.com
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More about Cape Cod writing:
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/writers-colony-in-provincetown/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/cape-cod-fellowship-for-writers/

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HAPPY CANADA DAY !!! HAPPY CANADIAN WRITERS!

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July 1 is Canada’s National Day, and today’s blog post is dedicated to everything Canadian. The Canadian government is supporting and fostering literature, writers and publishers, even ISBN’s are FREE in Canada!
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There is a huge list of government grants and support for writers and publishers. The Canada Council for the Arts offers a range of benefits for professional Canadian writers, collectives and publishers.  In addition to providing support for the creation, translation, publication and promotion of Canadian literature, the “Writing and Publishing Section” funds among others for example author residencies, literary readings and festivals, as well as new areas of activity such as rap poetry, storytelling and electronic literature.
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PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT BENEFITS
Just one of many provincial benefits for publishers is the Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit, offering  generous tax deductions.
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WHERE and HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ISBN IN CANADA
Good news for Canadian authors and publishers: the ISBN application process is simple and free of charge – but only if you are living in Canada and your publishing company is registered in Canada.
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COPYRIGHT CANADA
What Every Writer Needs to Know About Copyright. Register your manuscript or articles online to the Copyright Office, Canadian Intellectual Property Office Web site (fee Can $50).
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CANADA’s ONLINE BOOK RETAILERS
Mobile media and cloud computing emerged over the past years and enabled the e-book market to rapidly expand worldwide. These are just a few of the numerous possibilities to submit e-books in and to Canada:

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http://www.Amazon.ca


http://www.Chapters.indigo.ca

http://itunes.apple.com/ca

http://www.kobobooks.com
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CANADIAN WRITERS DON’T NEED AGENTS
“You must get an agent!” is an advice that aspiring authors hear and read everywhere. Is it really true? Not for Canadian writers! Beacon Literary Services owner Julie Ferguson says: ”Publishing statistics in Canada demonstrate that it is simply a misconception caused by American influence. In Canada, only ten percent of books are agented. Aspiring and established authors here successfully submit the majority (10,000) of the titles published every year directly to editors.”  Julie Ferguson wrote a great blog post for Canadian authors, explaining in detail how publishing “north of 49th parallel” works, with a link to Publishers.ca, featuring listings and contact information for several important literary agents and agencies in Canada.

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CANADIAN SHORT STORY PRIZE 2013
Canada Writes, with partners CBC, Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and “The Banff Centre”, are pleased to announce the Grand Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. She or he will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio. The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.
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WRITE FOR AIR CANADA INFLIGHT MAGAZINE “ENROUTE”
Writing for airline magazines, such as enRoute represents a real opportunity for freelance writers. Travel pieces are a staple of in-flights, yet airline publications also offer articles on technology, business, sports, and food, as well as lifestyle trends. Find as much of the articles online. Or try to get hard copies. Since in-flights are not sold on newsstands, request a copy from the magazine’s publisher and ask traveling friends for their help.
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Canada Day in Ottawa

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HOW TO OPEN A PUBLISHING BUSINESS IN CANADA?
Authors are smart and able to start their own publishing business, REAL publishing, not POD and not Vanity Publishing: Finding and getting quotes or referrals for an editor, a book lay-out company or book designer, cover artist, e-book formatting company and a printer is not difficult.
Setting up their own company can be done online – in minutes.
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READING CANADIAN BOOKS and ARTICLES
English is English! – No! Not at all! Canada and America are two countries separated by a common language – this is how George Bernard Shaw’s statement could be converted. Many American (and other) readers are surprised to learn that there are huge differences in spelling between English-speaking countries. A book, written and published in Canada, needs almost to be “translated” into American English and vice versa.
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ACCESS Copyright
A study found that 80% of all copies made on copy machines are from books! As a Writer and first-time publisher, back in Europe in the early 1980′s, I was thrilled to receive a copy-royalty cheque for $180.00 from VG WORT.
Later I found out that the same system works well in Canada under the name ACCESS COPYRIGHT. One of the benefits of being a small publisher or trade-published writer in Canada! However you must have set up a small business in Canada, if you are not with an established (not Vanity) publisher ACCESS COPYRIGHT explains on their website.
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BERTON HOUSE Writers’ Retreat, Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play-writing, journalism — are all encouraged to apply for Canada’s most northern Writers’ Retreat.  The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time, and a remote location to pursue their professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. Travel costs to and from Dawson will also be covered! The writer is responsible for a public reading in Whitehorse and Dawson City and a summary of their stay at Berton House.
Applications may be submitted by mail or email to: jdavies@writerstrust.com
Berton House Writers’ Retreat,  c/o The Writers’ Trust of Canada
200-90 Richmond St. East, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1
http://www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html

A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. The competition to be a writer-in-residency during the 2014-15 season is now open. An online application form is available.  The deadline for submissions is October 4, 2013.
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HAIG BROWN RESIDENCY
Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living in the Haig-Brown Heritage House, which is under the management of the Museum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island (BC).

The modest four bedroom house reflects the character of writer Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann. Located in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, it contains a Heritage library and is surrounded by two acres of garden and 17 acres of public parkland.

The writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary advice and support to the local community, and participate in Museum winter programming.  A stipend of up to $2000 per month, depending on available funding, will be provided.

Please include a resume (maximum two pages), a list of publications, a one-page proposal of anticipated community activities, and a sample of work in progress (20 pages); with reasons why the residency would further your work. Forward your application package to Sandra Parrish, Museum at Campbell River, Box 70 Stn A, Campbell River, BC V9W 4Z9. Deadline is January 31, 2014. For further information contact sandra.parrish@crmuseum.ca.
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CANADIAN WRITER ASSOCIATIONS

Writers Guild

Professional Writers Association of Canada

Canadian Writers Union

Canadian Authors Association and Branches

Crime Writers of Canada

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CANADA WRITER CONFERENCES

Surrey Intl. Writers Conference Oct 25-27, 2013 Surrey, BC

Guelph, Ontario Writers Conference

Writers Conference Orillia, Ontario

Ontario Writers Conference Ajax, Ontario

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WRITING CONTESTS in CANADA
compiled by Can Authors
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LIST OF CANADIAN WRITERS
Past and present writers, including poetsnovelistschildren’s writersessayists, and scholars. compiled in a Wikipedia article.
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PUBLIC LENDING RIGHT PAYMENTS TO AUTHORS
Canadian authors receive approx. $10 Million per year/ in average $600, and up to $3,500 The Canada Council for the Arts distributes annual payments to Canadian authors through the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries. Canada is one of 29 countries with an active public lending right payment program.  Well, not bad to be a writer in Canada! Happy Canada Day!

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Writing-Vacations in New York State, Florida and Japan

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You might have read in previous blog posts about residencies in Colorado & Arizona, California, Maine, Maryland and Michigan or how to apply for these residencies.
Dreaming still of undisturbed writing without interruptions and nasty chores?  Have a look at these writers residencies / fellowships offering work-vacationing in New York State, Florida and Japan.
January and February are good months to apply, deadlines approaching fast!
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The Lighthouse Works Fellowships
Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. The Lighthouse Works provides fellows with housing, food, studio space for six weeks, a $250 travel allowance and a stipend of $1,500 stipend. Location Fishers Island, New York.

Fishers Island, New York, is a small island located in the Long Island Sound just off the coast of Connecticut, accessible by ferry from New London, Connecticut, and by private or commuter boat from Noank, Connecticut. The island is isolated, but not remote; New York City and Boston are both within three hours of the island, and public transportation to any major east coast city is easily accessible. More information on the island life and how to apply for the residency:
http://www.thelighthouseworks.com/

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Atlantic Center for the Arts
During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, interact/collaborate, and work independently on their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere, unstructured program and lush, unspoiled environment provide considerable time for artistic experimentation, exploration and creation. Location New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Application deadlines: February 3 for Spring, March 24 for Summer and May 19 for Fall residency. Full and partial scholarships provided.
http://www.aca35.org/ and http://www.aca35.org/how-apply-master-artist-residence-program-0

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Japan – United States Creative Artist / Writer Program

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Candidates must be professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, architects, choreographers, composers, visual artists and solo theater artists who work with original material.
A grant award of $20,000 will be provided to each artist to cover housing, living and professional expenses. Artists will be responsible for converting their dollar award into yen. The Commission will also provide selected artists up to $2,000 to cover the cost of his/her round-trip transportation to Japan.
Deadline is March 1, 2012. A hard copy !!! of the application must be received at the Commission’s office by the close of business 5 PM on the deadline date. Candidates may submit their applications via regular mail, commercial delivery service or messenger. Commercial delivery services are recommended.
http://www.jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/faqs/

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OMI International Arts Center Residency

The Omi International Arts Center welcomes published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process. Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals.

Omi International Arts Center is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley. Named for a neighboring village, Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, New York, as well as Albany and Hudson, which offer train connections only thirty minutes away. 300 acres in the Hudson Valley region of New York, amidst a 10 acre contemporary sculpture park, The Fields Sculpture Park. Location Ghent, NY.
Duration: Writers residencies from 2 weeks to 2 months. Paid by artist: Individual travel expenses, personal needs, working material. Paid by host: Accommodation, board, studio space.
Please visit the Omi website to read all the guidelines and criteria per discipline. Applications must be submitted electronically. Mark your calendar: The application period for 2014 Residencies will open in February 2013
http://www.artomi.org/writers.php

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2013 Grants for Writers and Artists

How to apply for grants?
Good news in average one in three proposals typically receives a grant!  It is a myth that you have to be famous in order to get a grant. Truth is, most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there. Fear of being rejected prevents a lot of people from applying for opportunities that are out there.

If you have never written a grant proposal before, do some research on the topic before you begin. Numerous how-to listings and guidelines offer insights to novice grant writers, and even those with experience. Understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines or to access a glossary of common terms. Some sponsor guidelines will even provide just such a glossary unique to the particular sponsor.
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New York Foundation for the Arts
Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy Victims
Artists of any discipline who reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York are eligable if they suffered damage to physical work, to homes/studios/other facilities, loss of equipment or supplies, loss of income such as cancelled performances/appearances/engagements. The majority of grants will range between $1,000 and $5,000, but there may be extraordinary circumstances in which slightly smaller or larger grants might be made. A separate fund has been established for arts organizations; for information email info@emergencygrants.org
http://www.nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=202&fid=1

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Blue Ridge Grants for Artists
Open to artists in southwest Virginia, this Grants for Artists Program (GAP) is designed to support activities for artists to create, refine, perform or exhibit their work, while furthering their careers. Artists must have attained a certain level of proficiency as represented in the quality of work samples submitted with the application. Artistic disciplines include literature, media arts, music, dance, folk arts, theater and visual arts. Artists are eligible for up to $1,000 per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
http://theartscouncil.org/artists

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The Leeway Foundation
Grants to support women and transgender artists in the Philadelphia area, who create art for social change. Art and Change Grant provides up to $2,500 for project-based work and the Leeway Transformation Award gives $15,000 in unrestricted funds to artists with at least five years experience. Applicant support sessions are an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Leeway representative to get direct feedback on your application. Drop-in sessions do not require an appointment and will be held from 2:00pm-7:00pm: January 31: West Philadelphia
http://www.leeway.org/apply-for-grants/about-the-grants.html

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Mesa Refuge
The Mesa Refuge is a writers’ retreat located in Point Reyes Station, CA. It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity. Since 1998, we have granted residencies to over 500 writers. The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs. The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. Location Point Reyes Station, California. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost, however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident’s responsibility. Application fee of $25 to cover administrative costs.
http://www.mesarefuge.org/

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North Dakota Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. The program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Fellowships for literary and musical artists are now available for 2013. Award amount: $2,500. Deadline date: February 15, 2013.
http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html

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For more grant offers check out these websites periodically: Mira’s List and Res Artis  (international, can be sorted by deadlines)

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Cape Cod Fellowship for Writers

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Located in a rustic fishing village with a storied history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty writers and artists each year in the form of living / work space and a modest monthly stipend of $750. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30.  Fellows pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers on the lovely peninsula of Cape Cod.
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Provincetown, Massachusetts

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The location of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown provides an environment renowned for its beauty and artistic heritage.  Surrounded by dunes and beaches now protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore, Provincetown was the Pilgrims’ first port of landing in 1620 and developed into a colorful Portuguese fishing community and the nation’s most enduring art colony.
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The Work Center is situated on Pearl Street near the commercial center of Provincetown on the site of the historic Days Lumberyard, where studios have been used since 1914 to the likes of Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickinson, Ross Moffett, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, and Helen Frankenthaler, among many others.
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Writing Fellowship must be submitted in hard copy with a postmark on or before December 1, 2012. We do not accept electronic submissions for the Writing Fellowship. Applications can be downloaded at: http://fawc.org/fellowships/fel_app_guidelines_write.php

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GRANTS: Writer-in-Residence USA

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Cactoctin Mountain Park, MD
The Artist-In-Residence, including writers, will spend two weeks immersed in the natural and cultural resources of the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. During this residency, the artist will produce a novel work and share the artistic process with the public. Application may be made for one- or two- week periods. The Catoctin Forest Alliance will accept applications for the Artist-In-Residence Program no later than February 15, 2014
www.catoctinair.org

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The Lillian E. Smith Foundation Writer-in-Service Award
It includes a two-week residency, a $500 honorarium, and a $300 travel allowance, and is given once a year. The Award is open to residents of the United Sates working to advance the arts through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc. The Writer-in-Service Award residency, Smith Center in Clayton, Georgia, in 2013 provides two weeks of peaceful solitude to focus a new or ongoing writing project. This award provides an opportunity for those writers who like Lillian E. Smith recognize “the power of the arts to transform the lives of all human beings.” Deadline November 15, 2014.
http://lillianesmith.org/
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Maine Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowships reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness regarding the eminence of the creative sector in Maine. The Maine Arts Commission offers five fellowships annually in functional craft, literature, visual arts, performing/media arts and traditional arts. Literary Arts deadline May 2, 2014. Grant amount: $13,000.
http://mainearts.maine.gov/grant_individualfellowship.aspx
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Colorado Jumpstart Awards
Jumpstart Awards provide fresh energy to writers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to help stimulate their creative business or organization, whether non-profit or commercial. The end goal is that grantees will achieve tangible business benefits, such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices. Deadline: June 19, 2014. The maximum request is $4,000 if your arts income in 2013 was between $25,000 and $99,000. Funds are paid on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of final report and expense receipts.
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/manage-your-award
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/Artists%20%26%20Entrepreneurs/colorado-creates-grant

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|Big Cypress National Preserve Residencies, FL
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the preserve’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a dormitory setting, with each person having their own room, and sharing living room / dining room / kitchen and bathroom space. Big Cypress primarily looks for short-term (less than one month) and long-term (one to three months) residents during our wet (May through October) and dry (November through April) seasons.
Entries are accepted for the 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence Program with postmarks dated September 1, through November 30, 2014.
http://www.nps.gov/bicy/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence-program.htm

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Ntl Park, MI

The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds, or a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire. A three-week time block is available during October. The artist is asked to donate to the park an original piece of work representative of their medium, produced during the residency, and to contribute to the advancement of the park’s mission.
http://www.nps.gov/slbe/parkmgmt/artistinresidence.htm

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Turkeyland Cove Foundation, 
Massachusetts
For New England and NY State residents only! Turkey Land Cove Foundation offers a personal retreat for motivated women in Edgartown, MA., to pursue their professional, educational and artistic goals, away from the distractions of daily life. TLC Foundation will review the financial circumstances of each applicant and will only make grants to women who could otherwise not afford the period of retreat. Our grants cover room and board plus reasonable transportation expenses. Based on individual need, we will also consider helping fund increased home expenses, necessitated by a caregiver’s absence, as well as goal-related expenses or materials relevant to the purpose of the grant, on a case-by-case basis. After her stay, each grantee will be required to write periodic reports updating the board about her progress towards her goal and how this grant has affected her life. The first report is due within six months of her stay, and then once annually for three years. The deadline for our fall session 2014 (September 15 through February 1, 2015) is June 1, 2014.
http://www.turkeylandcovefoundation.org/
http://turkeylandcovefoundation.webs.com/TLCF%20Foundation%20Brochure.pdf

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360 XOCHI QUETZEL Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

This FREE one-month artist residency on Lake Chapala in central Mexico, beginning December 2012, will serve artists, especially fiber artists and writers. We offer a beautiful home with kitchen and living room downstairs and your bedroom and a spacious studio upstairs. There are also 2.5 bathrooms. You will also have free local phone service. International calls can be made via Skype.
http://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies/360-xochi-quetzal

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GRANTS: Writers-in-Residence CANADA

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Haig-Brown Writer in Residence, Vancouver Island
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Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living in the Haig-Brown Heritage House, which is under the management of the Museum at Campbell River.
For those who are not familiar with the West Coast: Winter on Vancouver Island is almost like Summer in San Francisco.
The very modest four bedroom house reflects the character of writer Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann. Located in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, it contains a Heritage library and is surrounded by two acres of garden and 17 acres of public parkland.
The writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary advice and support to the local community, with writing time favored on a 60/40 basis (as per Canada Council’s Author Residencies Program guidelines). The writer would also participate in Museum winter programming.

A stipend of up to $2000 per month, depending on available funding, will be provided.
Please include a resume (maximum two pages), a list of publications, a one-page proposal of anticipated community activities, and a sample of work in progress (20 pages); with reasons why the residency would further your work. Forward your application package to Sandra Parrish, Museum at Campbell River, Box 70 Stn A, Campbell River, BC V9W 4Z9.
For further information contact sandra.parrish@crmuseum.ca   Deadline January 31, 2013.
http://www.haig-brown.bc.ca/writer-in-residence.html

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Berton House Writers’ Retreat , Dawson City, Yukon Territory
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Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all encouraged to apply.

The following is a list of the possible retreat times:
* January, February, March
* April, May, June
* July, August, September
* October, November, December

The Writers’ Retreat Provides: The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time and a remote location to pursue their professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. Travel costs to and from Dawson will be covered!
The writer is responsible for a public reading in Whitehorse and Dawson City and a summary of their stay at Berton House, including any press clippings from local newspapers.

The writer is also encouraged to:
* interface with the public and the local literary community
* feature their work in local newspapers and on local radio stations
* avail themselves for interviews with local media
* hold writing workshops in the community and/or at the schools and colleges

Applications may be submitted by mail or email to: jdavies@writerstrust.com
Berton House Writers’ Retreat,
c/o The Writers’ Trust of Canada
200-90 Richmond St. East,
Toronto, ON M5C 1P1
http://www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog, covering twelve retreats and writers-in-residence programs you can apply for now.

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Writers-in-Residency Colorado & Arizona

 You may have read recent blogs how to apply and where to find grants and free writers residencies, perhabs in Oregon, California or Washington State. Here are two more, both in National Parks, on in Colorado and one in Arizona.

Cabin @ Moraine Park

Rocky Mountain Ntl. Park, CO
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park offers professional WRITERS, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September.
During summer and fall the William Allen White Cabin is the home of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Artist-In-Residence.
The cabin above Moraine Park was the summer retreat of William Allen White from 1912 to 1943. A nationally recognized journalist and editor of the Emporia Gazette (Kansas), White’s spirit lives on with the contemporary artists who work in his cabin today.

The cabin has a high-beamed living/dining area with a large fireplace, one bedroom and bathroom, and a small kitchen. It is fully furnished including linens and kitchenware. Artists must provide their own groceries and may choose to bring personal amenities. During summer and fall the William Allen White Cabin is the home of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Artist-In-Residence.
Artists will present two 45-minute public programs during their residencies. This interaction can be tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, and experience using only a few hours of one’s stay. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances.
Be prepared to work in high desert, summer weather conditions that include high winds, low relative humidity and temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and lows reaching roughly 40 degrees at night. Deadline for 2013 is March 15, 2013.
http://www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/artist_in_residence.htm

The Artist-In-Residence
Program at the Petrified Forest offers professional WRITERS, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September.
Artists will present two public programs during their residency. This interaction can be tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, and experience using only a few hours during the residency period. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. In addition to the park, the nearby community college art department can be used as a public program venue. Entries are accepted for the 2013 Program with postmarks dated October 1 through November 15, 2012.
http://www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/artist-in-residence.htm

 
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