Bhanu Kapil’s “Notes Toward a Race Riot Scene” from her collection Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2015) portrays—through a flurry of fragments, brief descriptions, anaphora, flashbacks, and flash-forwards—a moment in the speaker’s life before a race riot breaks out in London in 1979. Kapil captures the unease forming in the air before the riot breaks out with the second line: “It’s about a girl walking home from school at the exact moment that her neighbor laces up his Doc Martens, tight.” Write a brief essay that depicts the surrounding atmosphere before a significant event breaks out. How can descriptions of the landscape offer context for the event?
ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (RGNN) offers residencies of at least ten days to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers year-round in Madrid, Spain, and during the summer in Havana and Trinidad, Cuba. Residents in Spain will be provided with lodging in private apartments in central Madrid; residents in Cuba will be provided with lodging with a Cuban host family. The cost to attend the residency is €950 to €1,200. Need-based scholarships of €100 are available. Submit a writing sample of any length, a project proposal, and a résumé or curriculum vitae.
ROOSTERGNN Artist Residency, Calle Juan Bravo 58-60 Madrid, Spain.
The Mineral School offered one- and two-week residencies from mid-June to late September to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in Mineral, Washington, overlooking Mineral Lake and Mount Rainier. Residents were provided with lodging, studio space, and meals. The fee was $250 for a residency of one week or $425 for two weeks. Ten fellowships were available, including full fellowships for one-week residencies for parents.
Mineral School, P.O. Box 214, Mineral, WA 98355. (360) 496-0368.
The 18th annual Tin House Summer Workshop was held online from July 12 to July 26. The virtual program in short fiction and novel writing was held from July 12 to July 18, 2020; the virtual program in poetry, nonfiction, and the graphic novel was held from July 19 to July 26, 2020. The event featured workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and graphic narrative, as well as lectures, panels, readings, and meetings with agents and editors.
Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, 2601 NW Thurman Street, Portland, OR 97210. (503) 219-0622. Lance Cleland, Director.
The 17th annual Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop will be held online from June 13 to June 18. The conference features manuscript workshops and generative classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and multigenre work, as well as craft seminars, individual conferences with faculty members, readings, and opportunities to socialize. The faculty includes poet Thorpe Moeckel, fiction writers Fred G. Leebron and Daniel Mueller, nonfiction writer James McKean, and multi-genre writers Cade Leebron, M. Randal O’Wain, Jon Pineda, and Maxine Swann.
Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop, Hollins University, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24020. (540) 362-6225. Christine Powell, Contact.
The 46th annual Southampton Writers Conference will be held online from July 14 to July 18. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, lectures, and an agent panel. The faculty includes poets Billy Collins and Major Jackson; fiction writers Julia Phillips, Paul Tremblay, and Frederic Tuten; nonfiction writer Roger Rosenblatt; and fiction and nonfiction writers Melissa Bank and Matthew Klam. The cost to attend the full conference, including workshops, is $950; the cost to attend the lecture series is $150.
Southampton Writers Conference, Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968. (631) 632-5007. Christian McLean, Contact.
The 2021 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference will be held online from May 15 to May 18. The conference features craft classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft conversations, panels, manuscript reviews, readings, networking events, and an open mic. The faculty includes poets Victoria Chang and Anis Mojgani, fiction writers Brandon Hobson and Vera Starbard, and nonfiction writers Francisco Cantú and Marie Mutsuki Mockett. Nonfiction writer Ernestine Saankaláxt Hayes will give the closing address.
Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Kenai Peninsula College, 533 East Pioneer Avenue, Homer, AK 99603. (907) 235-7743. Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Director.
The Vermont Studio Center offers 2- to 12-week residencies year-round to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the northern Green Mountains. The center provides residents with a private room, studio space, and meals, and also offers craft talks, readings, and manuscript consultations with visiting writers. Tuition, which includes lodging and meals, is $2,200 for two weeks or $4,250 for one month. Financial aid is available.
Vermont Studio Center, P.O. Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656. (802) 635-2727.
Craigardan offers two-week to one-month residencies year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at Craigardan, a nonprofit arts and agricultural academic center in Keene, located on Hurricane Mountain in the Adirondack region of New York. The resident will receive lodging in a private cabin or shared farmhouse with a shared kitchen and bath. Craigardan accommodates one writer at a time. The cost of the residency, which includes some meals, is $250 per week or $1,000 per month.
Craigardan Writer's Residency, P.O. Box 46, Keene, NY 12942. (518) 242-6535. Michele Drozd, Executive Director
The 26th annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference will be held from August 9 to August 15, either on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier or online, as public health guidelines allow. Designed for writers with graduate degrees or equivalent experience, the conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, craft classes, and individual consultations with faculty members. Each workshop is limited to five or six participants. The faculty includes poets Chen Chen, Eduardo C. Corral, Kathleen Graber, Tomás Q.
Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. Ellen Lesser, Director.