Chautauqua Writers’ Festival

The 2020 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival will be held from June 24 to June 27 at the historic Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings and panel discussions. The faculty includes poets Martha Collins and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, fiction writers Marie Myung-Ok Lee and Jess Row, and nonfiction writer Porochista Khakpour. The keynote speaker is poet Shane McCrae. The cost of the full conference is $550; the registration deadline is May 31.

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FESTIVAL
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Event Date: 
June 24, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
May 31, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 6, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, Chautauqua Institution, P.O. Box 28, Chautauqua, NY 14722.

Contact City: 
Chautauqua
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NY
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
14722
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US
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Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Summer in Paris Writing Retreat

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Summer in Paris Writing Retreat will be held from July 16 to July 21 at the Hôtel du Midi Paris Montparnasse and museums and other cultural sites throughout Paris. The retreat features writing and publishing workshops, craft seminars, and time to write for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The faculty includes poetry and fiction writers Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai and nonfiction writer David Shields. The cost of the retreat is $3,875, which includes tuition, lodging, and daily breakfast.

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RESIDENCY
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Event Date: 
July 16, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
May 30, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 6, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Summer in Paris Writing Retreat, Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, Inc., P.O. Box 380448, Cambridge, MA 02138. (917) 830-4748. Diana Norma Szokolyai, Executive Artistic Director.

Diana Norma Szokolvai
Executive Artistic Director
Contact City: 
Paris
Country: 
FR

Buinho Creative Hub Residencies

Buinho Creative Hub offers residencies of two weeks to three months year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the historic town of Messejana, Portugal. Residents are provided with private lodging and shared work space in one of two traditional Portuguese houses. The cost of the residency is €500 to €800 (approximately $545 to $872) per month depending on room; transportation and meals are not included. Submit up to five pages of poetry or prose, a letter of intent, a project proposal, and a curriculum vitae. There is no application fee.

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RESIDENCY
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yes
Event Date: 
April 6, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
April 6, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 6, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Buinho Creative Hub Residencies, Rua Nova de São Brás, 43 7600-346 Messejana, Portugal. Carlos Alcobia, Coordinator. 

Carlos Alcobia
Coordinator
Contact City: 
Messejana
Country: 
PT
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Anne LaBastille Memorial Writer Residency

The Adirondack Center for Writing offers a residency from October 4 to October 18 to six poets, fiction writers, or creative nonfiction writers at a lodge on Twitchell Lake in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Residents are provided with a private room, private bathroom, work space, and all meals. There is no cost to attend the residency, but residents are responsible for travel expenses to and from Twitchell Lake. Using only the online submission system, submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages with a $30 application fee by May 27. Visit the website for more information.

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RESIDENCY
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no
Event Date: 
October 4, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
May 27, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 6, 2020
Free Admission: 
yes
Contact Information: 

Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency, Adirondack Center for Writing, P.O. Box 956, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. (518) 354-1261. 

Nathalie Thill
Executive Director
Contact City: 
Twitchell Lake
Contact State: 
NY
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
12983
Country: 
US
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Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat

The Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat offers one-week to one-month residencies year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers near Eyeries in County Cork, Ireland, overlooking Coulagh Bay. Residents are provided with a private room and all meals. The weekly residency fee ranges from €700 to €800 (approximately $777 to $888), depending on the room. Submit a one-paragraph project description. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
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yes
Event Date: 
April 6, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
April 6, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 6, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat, Eyeries, Beara, County Cork, Ireland. Sue Booth-Forbes, Director. 

Sue Booth-Forbes
Director
Contact City: 
Eyeries
Country: 
IE
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American University of Paris Summer Creative Writing Institute

The American University of Paris Summer Creative Writing Institute offers workshops to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers from June 30 to July 22 on the university’s campus in the seventh arrondissement in Paris. The faculty includes poet Siân Dafydd, fiction writer Amanda Dennis, and creative nonfiction writer Biswamit Dwibedy. The cost of tuition is €1,920 (approximately $2,131) for auditors; the cost of tuition with academic credit is €3,840 (approximately $4,185). Lodging is available in apartments, residence halls, and homestays arranged through the university.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
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no
Event Date: 
June 30, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
June 15, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 6, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

American University of Paris Summer Creative Writing Institute, 5 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007, Paris, France. Andrea Christmas, Summer Coordinator.

Andrea Christmas
Summer Coordinator
Contact City: 
Paris
Contact State: 
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
Country: 
FR

How the Water Holds Me

It has been about a week since Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a stay-at-home order to all residents as a measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In these sheltered times, I am reflecting on the moment and finding solace in books of poetry. Although just a few poems in, I am excited to say a few words about How the Water Holds Me by Palestinian American poet and Detroit local Tariq Luthun, which is forthcoming from Bull City Press in April.

In the introductory poems, we learn about Luthun’s background and family with subtle hints about the significance of place. As a reader, I found my curiosity building line by line as I gained snapshots of Tariq’s memories while sharing desires such as:

“I haven’t forgotten that / everyone needs a place on this planet. / And I, / I prefer to live where I can leave / the doors unlocked...”

Midway through this collection, I am beginning to better understand the title of the book as the poems “dive in” (pun intended) to how water plays a role in Luthun’s life and family. His words invite me to consider the distance over water between Detroit and Palestine. Luthun writes:

“Earth, / itself, I realize, is just a body / of waters.”

Luthun’s poems pull readers’ minds in and ask us to consider what displacement, home, ancestry, and identity mean to each of us. I am thinking about how I can connect more with my own family and history. I look forward to my journey through the rest of these poems, and highly recommend reading this collection.

Tariq Luthun, author of How the Water Holds Me (Bull City Press, 2020).
 
Justin Rogers is the literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers in Detroit. Contact him at Detroit@pw.org or on Twitter, @Detroitpworg.

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund Open for Applications

To help writers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be highlighting emergency funds available to writers. For more sources of support, read our running list of resources for writers in the time of coronavirus.

The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is currently administering grants of $500 to $1,000 to writers who “demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.” In response to the public health crisis, PEN America has streamlined its typical application process for support through the fund. Applicants will receive a response within ten days.

The grants are made to poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, translators, journalists, playwrights, and screenwriters. Professional writers who have a demonstrated record of publication and who are based in the United States are eligible. Qualifying professional credentials include the publication of one or more books; publication of multiple pieces in literary magazines within the last two years; full-time employment as a journalist, columnist, or critic; consistent publication on a freelance basis in a range of outlets; the authorship of a full-length play, performed by a professional theater company in a theatre seating 250 or more people; or contracted work as a writer. Other credentials may also be considered. Writers do not need to be members of PEN America in order to be eligible.

Using only the online application system, submit a statement of need, a recent tax return, information about personal finances, and contact information for three references. Writing samples are not required. Visit the website for complete guidelines and eligibility. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Since 1922, PEN America has worked “at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide.” Headquartered in New York City, with additional offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., the nonprofit works in conjunction with PEN International to advance causes including freedom of the press and artistic freedom from censorship.

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