International Opportunities for Writers


Faber, Residència d’Arts, Ciències i Humanitats de Catalunya a Olot

Faber offers working stays and exchanges for creative people, researchers and professionals in different areas, for scientists, writers, researchers, writers, artists, humanists, musicians, etc. Our residents have the best working conditions and an environment to accompany their projects. In Faber, there are eight spacious rooms, designed to provide comfortable working conditions. There are also several common areas where the residents will be able to exchange their experiences with each other, with the public and with institutions. The Residency is a space open to people from all over the world. Faber will take care of the residents’ stay, providing accommodation, half-board (breakfast and dinner) and a fully-equipped kitchen in case the residents would like to prepare their own lunch. Faber does not cover any travel costs. There is no per diem.

The Faber Residency is open to all disciplines related to arts, sciences, and humanities. It is offered six times per year, for four-week periods. Faber organizes several thematic residencies throughout the year where professionals from the Arts, Sciences or Humanities can come to spend a few days working on their projects and sharing experiences with the rest of the residents. During the stay, the residents collaborate in activities directed to students, professionals or public in general; activities in accordance with a project that will take into account previous demands and needs. Check the website for dates.

Organized by Ajuntament d’Olot (Olot City Hall) and Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government)

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Jiwar Creació i Societat

Jiwar has a special interest in receiving non-occidental writers and artists, as well as artists in danger or requesting political asylum because of dangerous situations in their countries of origin. Live and work in a comfortable space. Artists need to provide their own economical resources or grants, which Jiwar can help to obtain by writing letters of support or welcoming. During the stay of the artist, Jiwar offers to accompany the creative process and is able to organize once a month presentation of the work in progress. No meals or per diem are included.

Organized by Mireia Estrada Gelabert

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The Writers’ Residence in Gunnarshús

Open to visiting writers or translators, this program offers a flat in Gunnarshús – the Writers’ House in Reykjavík rented for a minimal fee, for a period of 1-8 weeks.

Organized by Writers’ Union of Iceland

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Óbidos Castle of Literature – Literary Residencies

Housing is offered for 3, 6, or 9 months to writers who can offer a publication record and a presentation of work based on their time in the residency.

Organized by Municipality of Óbidos

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The Robert Burns Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an office in the English Department and not less than the minimum salary of a full-time university lecturer, for one year. It is open to writers of poetry, drama, fiction, biography, autobiography, essays or literary criticism who are normally resident in New Zealand, and who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, have established by their published work, or otherwise, that their writing would benefit from their holding the Fellowship.

Application open March-June

Organized by Division of Humanities, University of Otago

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The University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence

Remuneration of $28,000 is jointly funded by the University and Creative New Zealand and includes an office in the College. The 6-month residency is offered in association with the Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust which provides rent-free accommodation to writers in the historic Titan Street cottage bequeathed by the late playwright Robert Lord. The Residency is open to established children’s writers who are normally resident in New Zealand.

Organized by Division of Humanities, University of Otago

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The University Book Shop and Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust Summer Writer in Residence

The Residency is offered in association with the Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust which provides rent-free accommodation to writers in the historic Titan Street cottage bequeathed by the late playwright Robert Lord. The 6-week residency offers a stipend, and an office and administration base at the University Book Shop. The recipient will be an emerging writer in any genre who, in the opinion of the University Book Shop Summer Writer in Residence Advisory Group, has established, by their published work or otherwise, that their writing would benefit from the Residency.

Organized by The University Book Shop and Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust

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Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust Residencies

Free accommodation in a one hundred-year-old worker’s cottage with three furnished rooms and a courtyard garden near the University of Otago.Organized by Rboert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust. A project proposal must be submitted, and lengths of stay are various.

Applications close April 1

Organized by Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust

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The Caselberg Trust Creative Connections Residency

The Caselberg Trust, Dunedin, New Zealand, invites writers, composers, visual and performing artists to complete their creative projects in a harbourside cottage, situated on the Otago Peninsula, a well known haven of creativity and inspiration for many artists. Residencies can be funded or self-funded/sponsored. 

The Caselberg Trust’s ‘Creative Connections’ Residency support projects that reach out and make links across a variety of creative media, professional disciplines, and communities relevant to the planned project. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to engage in a creative project and processes, to collaborate effectively with creative media, and with communities relevant to their identified project. The residency is 3 months. 

Organized by The Caselberg Trust

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Seresin Landfall Residency

Established with Otago University Press, the Seresin Estate offers an annual writer’s residency available for four weeks each year. The Residency is the result of Michael Seresin’s desire to support the work of Landfall magazine – his father was an early subscriber to Landfall and Michael has continued the subscription – and the literary arts in New Zealand. A cottage at Waterfall Bay in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand or in Tuscany, Italy is made available to the successful writer for 4 weeks.

The four-week residency is open to writers over twenty-one, working in any genre, who have been previously published. Submissions will consist of a covering letter from the writer outlining the project, which may be ongoing, along with a CV and up to twenty pages of sample work. 

Organized by Seresin Estate and Landfall, Otago University Press (with Michael Seresin)

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Krakow City of Literature Residency Program for International Writers

Dedicated to emerging writers from the Cities of Literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The Program was created with the belief that the Network provides an excellent opportunity to develop interconnections, boost mobility, and offer professionalization services for writers. It aims to promote the Cities of Literature Network, provide writers with a platform to showcase their work and talent to a Central European audience, support greater diversity of voices and literatures on the Polish and Central European book market and offer local writers the chance to create links with international writers as well. The Residency Program is a strategic project of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Program, operated by the Krakow Festival Office, which will fulfill the priority of strengthening international cooperation in the field of literature and the creative industries.

In 2018 the Residency Program in Krakow will offer writers a two-month stay at the Villa Decius, official partner of the project with years of experience running international residencies, including the Visegrad Literary Residency and the ICORN residency program. We will also offer a stipend of 2500 PLN gross and cover transportation costs to and from Krakow. The Krakow Festival Office will guarantee residents the opportunity to participate in the literary life of the city and help to develop opportunities for them to promote their works in Poland. Poets are encouraged to apply for the May 1 – June 30 residency period, as this allows for cooperation with the Miłosz International Poetry Festival, and all other writers are invited to apply for the September 1 – October 31 residency period to coincide with the Conrad Literature Festival.

Requirements include: application, fragment of published text or fragment of translation (max. 5 pages). Cultural and linguistic interest in the region and willingness to participate in local literary activities (including author events, workshops, lectures, festivals, and/or media events) are highly prioritized. Upper-intermediate proficiency in English and at least one publication at time of application is required. 

Applications due January 22

Organized by Krakow UNESCO City of Literature

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The Visegrad Literary Residency Program

The Visegrad Literary Residency Program, established 2012 by the International Visegrad Fund, consists of a series of residency stays and literary events addressed to writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets, essayists, critics as well as literary translators, publicists and journalists from the Visegrad Countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). The program lasts for 6 weeks.

The recruitment process of 32 grantees of the Program (8 from the Czech Republic, 8 from Hungary, 8 from Poland and 8 Slovakia) will be based on individual applications submitted via an online application form, which will be opened on the website of the Villa Decius Association. For more about criteria and implementation of residential stays, please look at Application and Criteria.
The residences will be assigned to applicants in a 3 stage selection process by a national and international Selection Panel on the basis of proportional and equal involvement of Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak residents and Host Institutions.

Organized by Villa Decius Association

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Fellowships Programme for International Visitors

The University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) was established in 1969 to promote interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It provides an international, interdisciplinary and autonomous space for discussion and debate. Since its foundation more than 1000 scholars from 66 countries have held Institute fellowships; and up to 28 Fellows are in residence at any one time. Housed in a secluded 18th-century courtyard overlooking the Meadows, the Institute is adjacent to most centres of University activity. 

Organized by The University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)

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Writers in Residence Programme

The Granada Writers in Residence Programme is targeted at emerging writers, residing in any country in whichever language they write. The residency offers a month’s stay for two writers from November 1 to December 1.

Granada UNESCO City of Literature will cover the travelling expenses of each of the writers selected.

The University of Granada will arrange and cover the costs of accommodation for the two writers. Each will have their own room with full board at the university’s hall of residence for visitors (Corrala de Santiago).

Granada UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada will provide the writers in residence with opportunities to participate in the city’s literary life, arranging contacts with local writers, involvement in workshops, teaching activities, and so on.

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Writer in the Park, Ljubljana International Literary Residency

Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, offers two one-month residencies for writers at the newly restored Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, which is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.  The programs will take place in September and November 2018.

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Residency Programme

The Prague City of Literature has offered residency stays for foreign writers and translators since October 2015. There are six residencies available every year, each lasting two months. The call for 2019 residencies is now open.

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