Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Writer-in-Residence: James Merrill House

James Merrill House Writers-in-Residence for 2012

The James Merrill House in the seaside village of Stonington, CT is now accepting applications for 2012 Writers-in-Residence.

The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program preserves James Merrill's Residence in Stonington CT as a tribute to him and a cultural asset to the local community. In recognition of Merrill's own contributions to the Stonington community and his longstanding generosity to fellow writers, the fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.

It is in this spirit that the Merrill House Committee wishes writers-in-residence not only to be enriched but to enrich the community of Stonington. We ask that writers spending an extended (4-1/2 month) residency give a reading of their work during their time of residency and contribute to the literary life of Stonington Borough in some other fashion. Opportunities for readings or workshops will be available during the brief term.

In an effort to make the James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program available to a greater number of qualified candidates, the Merrill House Committee has adjusted the residency periods to include one extended residency of 4-1/2 months between mid-January and the end of May and three shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks in duration during the months between Labor Day and mid-January.

The specific dates of these brief residencies will be determined according to the needs of the Merrill House Committee and the applicants. The Writer-in-Residence program includes a $5,000 stipend for an extended term. Smaller stipends will be offered for the brief residencies.

To learn more about the James Merrill House, its Writer-in-Residence Program, and to apply, please go here

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