The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) offers residencies of two weeks to two months to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and other artists on a 450-acre estate at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, approximately 50 miles south of Charlottesville. Open year-round, VCCA accommodates up to 13 writers at a time and provides separate working and living quarters as well as all meals. Residents may use the facilities of nearby Sweet Briar College. There is no residency fee, but writers are asked to make a daily contribution according to their financial ability. For residencies from October through January, using the online submission system, submit 6 to 10 poems, up to two short stories or essays, or the first chapter of a novel or memoir totaling no more than 25 pages, a brief bio, a résumé, and the names of two professional references with a $40 application fee by May 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, VA 24521. (434) 946-7236. Sheila Pleasants, Director of Artists' Services.