You’ve sent out applications, and you’re anxiously waiting to hear if you’ve gotten in to your top choice. But the “congratulations on your acceptance” letter or email you hope to receive isn’t about where you’ll be getting a college degree—it’s for a writing residency.
Unlike a writer-in-residence position—when an author receives a temporary post at an academic institution—a writing residency offers writers time and space away from their everyday lives in order to focus solely on reflection and creativity. Free from distractions, a writing residency allows you to completely immerse yourself in your craft.
Writing residencies can be found in cities, on working ranches or farms, and in out-of-the-way mountain lodges. For a directory of writing residencies in the United States, you can visit the Alliance of Artist Communities website, artistcommunities.org. You can also search for international residencies at resartis.org, featuring locations in over seventy countries.
Here’s what to consider when choosing a writing residency.