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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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Need Time and Peace to Write?

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The Mesa Refuge for Writers
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Mesa-Refuge-California

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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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“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” – Albert Camus

 

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Posted by on November 23, 2013 in Writers Residency, Writing

 

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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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Writers Residency Joshua Tree Ntl Park, CA

Mark your calendar for next spring to apply for this Writers Residency in Palm Springs, California area and check out their website for details:

Joshua Tree Ntl Park Residency for Writers and Artists

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HISTORY OF ARTISTS IN NATIONAL PARKS

Artists were among the first to record the visual beauty and the drama of the American West on canvas and in photos. Carleton Watkins, Ansel Adams, Thomas Moran, William Henry Jackson, and others awakened a nation to the magnificent waterfalls, geyser basins, and wildlife found in what would become some of our nation’s most revered national parks.  They looked beyond nature as a raw resource; they spoke in defense of disappearing wildlife and vegetation. They saw beauty and virtue in places promised to the future.

The Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence Program offers visual, performing and literary artists a residency from two to six weeks long during the months of March, April, October, and November of each year.

The accommodations within the park are located at the Lost Horse Ranger Station, in a rustic and self-sufficient cabin with nearby panoramic views of the park. In exchange for the adventure of living and working in a national park, the resident artist will have the opportunity to create a body of work and to share it with the surrounding regional and Southern California communities.  Deadline for this year July 1.

http://www.joshuatree.org/artist-in-residence/about-the-program/

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In exchange for the adventure of living and working in a national park, the resident artist will have the opportunity to create a body of work and to share it with the surrounding regional and Southern California communities. AIR artists’ proposals are encouraged to address content related to Joshua Tree National Park and build better understanding and dialogue about our national parks, natural resources, and environmental desert issues.

Links to the 2016-2017 residencies will be available here in 2016 and accepted through June 1, 2016.

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Writer in Residence – Cascade Ntl. Park

North Cascades Ntl. Park Residency, WA

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The Artist-in-Residence will be a practicing artist with a portfolio of published, performed, or exhibited works. Applications are accepted from visual artists, writers, musicians, and other creative individuals.
Residencies can be from 3-6 weeks. Spring and fall options (usually from September 15 to the end of October). Artists only – sorry, no family or pets.

“We provide a home in surroundings that will inspire you and space and opportunity for reflection. The artists selected present at least two programs while in residence. Workshops, talks, digital photography classes, plein air painting workshops, musical concerts or other educational presentations. Sent three samples of written work. Storytellers send 5-10 minutes of work on CD or DVD. Deadline for Fall residency is July 1.”

Application Guidelines:
http://www.nps.gov/noca/upload/AIR-Brochure_2011_Stehekin.pdf

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Are You Dreaming About Undisturbed Writing?

Are you a writer looking for an opportunity to take full advantage of unencumbered time with few distractions to bolster your writing? Check out these writer residences:

Writers Residency in Playa, Oregon, USA

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Artists and Writers Residency in Playa, Oregon
Playa supports artists, writers, and natural scientists who are committed and passionate about their work and who will benefit from time spent in Playa’s remote location. Residencies may be one-, two- or three-months and include accommodation and food. Located at the northeastern edge of the Great Basin in southeastern Oregon. The deadline for Playa’s winter/spring 2013 fellowship residencies will be announced in June 2012. Application fee $25
http://www.playasummerlake.org/guidelines-residencies

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Platteforum, Denver, CO
6-10-week residencies for artists working in all disciplines to advance their works by taking risks and exploring new possibilities. Each resident dedicates time to groups of youth in Learning Labs or intensive workshops that build upon the ideas and forms of the resident artist. Residency provides housing with adjacent studio, weekly stipend ($250), public and private receptions for the artist, and access to a broad network of established artists. Deadlines are in May of every year. Application fee $25
http://www.platteforum.org/residency.php

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Amy Clampitt Fund
Applications are invited from poets or literary scholars of poetry with professional standing in their fields as well as emergingpoets/scholars are eligible for residencies. The level of accomplishment of the work submitted will be considered as it is commensurate with the applicant’s age and/or experience. The Amy Clampitt Fund Residency Program encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.
The Residency award consists of the use of the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, MA free and clear for a six-month or twelve-month period beginning on February 1, 2013 and ending on January 19, 2014. Grants for travel to and from the Clampitt House are available in exceptional circumstances. A monthly stipend of $2,500 is paid to the resident fellow. It is expected that the resident fellow reside in the house full-time and focusing exclusively on his/her creative work.
Lenox is in rural Western Massachusetts, bordering Northern Connecticut and Eastern New York. As public transportation is virtually non-existent, it is necessary that residents make arrangements for their own transportation for the duration of the residency.  August 1, 2012: Deadline for submission of Applications for the 2013 Residency.
http://www.berkshiretaconic.org/Grantseekers/guidelines_clampitt.shtml

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How to Apply for a Writers Residency

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL

Last week I found a great post from Clark Hope on Twitter. She linked to an interesting article by Grant Faulkner of Poets & Writers, where Grant describes the application process for a Writers Residency – you know, these rent-free, beautiful places in tranquil surroundings, maybe in the Wyoming Rockies or on a wild part of shore in Maine, where you can stay for a month or three, and write 24/7 without interruption, no real cooking chores and nagging children and grumpy husbands …sorry, or wives.  Here are some snippets of her useful and enjoyable article:

Every writer I know, craves one thing: a peaceful period of uninterrupted time, dedicated to writing.  A room of one’s own, in other words, with maybe some meals thrown in and a little pocket money. Or even just the room.  Such a thing exists, of course, in the form of a writers residency.  While some residencies charge money, many are located in idyllic, pastoral places and actually give you a room in a mansion or a cottage, a stipend, and most important, time to let your thoughts and pen wander with unfettered glee.

I decided I needed to know more about how to apply if I was going to wager approximately $30 a crack for a chance to experience these otherworldly idylls.

The Work Plan
Many residencies ask you to present a work plan. Usually no more than a page or so is required, but even that seemed long for the plan I had in mind. “I want to write, take the occasional walk, read, and then write some more. I want to forget my life, to immerse myself in my novel as if my novel is the world, to dream my novel throughout each night’s sleep.”

And that’s the long version. So what are residencies looking for in a work plan – beyond the obvious?
“We used to get hundreds of proposals that amounted to ‘I need time and space to work on this book,’ so we made the statement optional and changed it to “a brief sketch of your life as a writer,” and we still don’t look at it carefully, if at all,” says Salvatore Scibona, writing coordinator at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He adds that some applicants have even interpreted “sketch” as an invitation to draw amusing little pictures or diagrams of their lives.

But then why is a work plan required?  “We are most interested in people who have a clear vision of what they will do with the time, such as revise a manuscript in progress or finish a book of poems,” says Bob Kealing, who oversees the Kerouac Project, one of the more unique residencies available: a three-month stay in the Orlando, Florida, cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums.

The real purpose of a work plan might be to simply prove that you have one. Show that you’re planning to get some serious writing done.

The Résumé
I was surprised to see that several residencies asked for a résumé, a word that has made me shiver ever since I decided to become a writer. I’m not a writing teacher, I haven’t published any books, and, until recently, I had never had a job at a literary organization.  Who you are can be especially important in some cases. Take the artist-in-residence program at Denali National Park, which offers a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness—peaceful to some, but nervous making to others.

The Letter of Recommendation
Most of the residencies I researched don’t require letters of recommendation, but some do, such as the Anderson Center, an artist retreat in Red Wing, Minnesota, and Jentel.

The directors I spoke with say they prefer recommendations that focus on a writer’s work ethic and creative spirit rather than the quality of work, and therefore it doesn’t matter who writes the letter as long as those points are addressed. In short, recommendations need to offer a window into who you are.

The Manuscript
There’s no way around it. In the end, your writing is what matters most. “The writing sample is the most important piece in the application. We look for quality and originality,” says Djerassi’s Freeland.

But what are quality and originality? Isn’t this the age-old question about literature? One person thinks Kerouac is a genius while another considers him little more than a typist. All the residencies I researched said they don’t look for a specific aesthetic, but each has a rigorous and specific approach to evaluating manuscripts.  Applicants should send in what they believe to be their best work. It does not need to be published. They may also send in more than one sample and include some work-in-progress.

As with all things a writer seeks, the competition for a residency is steep. Consider that the Fine Arts Work Center received 650 applications for 8 first-year fellowship slots in 2011, and others received 250 applicants each year for 20 residencies.

Carefully research each residency that interests you and be sure you understand what each requires in terms of application materials and guidelines by visiting the website and calling or sending an e-mail to clarify if necessary.

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