Sometimes, we reach a point in our writing life when we need time and space away from everyday demands to nourish our work. That’s why it’s exciting to come across resources that can help make this possible. Even if the timing isn’t right for us at the moment, finding and taking advantage of this kind of support is something we can aspire to.
One example: The Vermont Studio Center, based in Northern Vermont, the largest international residency program in the country. Each month, it hosts more than 50 visual artists and writers. Its current application deadline is February 15th and it is offering 25 fellowships, based on merit, to all artists and writers for residencies scheduled from July 2015 through April 2016.
The Center also offers a number of special awards as well, including:
James Merrill Poetry Award: Three poetry fellowships, given in honor of the literary and philanthropic legacy of the poet James Merrill and supported by the Hellen Plummer Charitable Foundation.
Voices Rising Fellowship: Awarded to an African American woman fiction writer in honor of women writers of color such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neale Hurston. Includes a $2,000 stipend.
The Swan Fellowship: This fellowship is open to an interdisciplinary artist with a history of accomplishment in both painting and creative writing.
Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellowships: 10 fellowships open to all active visual and performing artists and writers with a commitment to contemplative practice. Tending Space fellowships offer artists the time and space to explore the intersection of arts practice and contemplative practice.
Residencies generally are for four weeks and include: A private room in shared housing; 24-hour access to a private studio space; meals in a shared setting. For more information, visit the Center’s website — and write on!