Residencies for Writers in 2016


Attention all writers! Residencies for writers in 2016 are looking promising. Check out the list below for some options on where to get away and finally finish or start a project. These organizations are on your side.

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship

Found in 1920, the American Library is Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library. It’s fellowship program is open to writers worldwide. Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. Applications close 12 February.


Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Residencies of between two and eight weeks each are offered year round by the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. Open to writers, visual artists, and music composers worldwide, each resident receives accommodation, studio space, and a $100 per week stipent. Approximately 60 residencies are awarded per year. There are two deadlines each year: 1 March for residencies taking place between July and December, and 1 September for residencies between January and June.


Wallace Stegner House

Located in Eastend, Saskachewan (Canada), the Wallace Stegner House residency program accepts writers for stays from one week to up to eleven months. A rental fee of $250 is payable and includes all utilities. Applications should be submitted by 30 September, and writers and other artists from around the world are invited to apply.


Vermont Studio Center

It is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. There are fellowship application deadlines in 2016; 15 February, 15 June and 1 October.


Berton House Writers’ Retreat

Berton House is located in Dawson City, Yukon. Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, journalism) may apply for a three-month residency. Applications are expected to close in October.


Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence Program

This program offers professional writers, as well as 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. Applications open on 1 October and close on 15 November.


Fine Arts Work Center

This is a unique residency for writers in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Work Center provides seven-month fellowships to twenty fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. For residencies between 1 October 2017 and 30 April 2018, applications will close 1 December.


Writers Omi at Ledig House

Since it was founded in 1992 it has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries, including Gary Shteyngart, Kiran Desai and Colum McCann. Ledig House located in Ghent, New York, two and a half hours from New York City and guests may select a residency of one week to two months. Applications close on 20 October.


Jentel Artist Residency Program 

Jentel is located on a 1000 acre working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. It offers individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Applications for Summer/Fall Residencies close in January and applications for Winter/Spring Residencies closes on 15 September.


Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program

This residency for women writers is located on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. The program is open to all women writers, whether their work has been published yet or not. Applications open in June.


Wellstone Center in the Redwoods

The Wellstone Center offers four writing fellowships per year, as well as week-long writing residencies and an emerging writers residencies. The Center is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, four miles for Pacific Ocean. The next fellowship application deadline is 6 May.


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