What: A 2-3 week residency for three women writers at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. Each resident will receive a work space at The Mount, a $1000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency. Residents must provide their own transportation.

The principal responsibility of each resident is to spend time further developing her creative work. In addition, residents are required to produce a short piece of public writing (essay, article, blog post, etc.) about their time at The Mount and offer a public reading of their work at The Mount.

When: Residencies will be held in February or March each year. The specific length of each residency will be determined in consultation with the residents. We schedule each residency so that there is some overlap between the writers. This “mini” writers’ colony will give the residents a community of support and camaraderie.

Where: Residents will complete their residency at The Mount in Lenox, MA. Edith Wharton designed The Mount, a Georgian revival mansion, on a wooded parcel on the shores of Laurel Lake and lived there from 1902-1911. It was at The Mount, which she called her “first true home,” that Wharton came into her own as a writer and produced some of her most iconic works.

Today, The Mount is a historic house museum and cultural center that celebrates the artistic, literary, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton.

Who:  Women writers and scholars of demonstrated accomplishment are invited to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress during their time at The Mount.

Applicants must provide a proposal, to include:

  • CV or resume
  • Statement of purpose outlining project, residency, and career goals (max. 1000 words)
  • Writing sample of approximately 1,500 words

Important dates:

Applications open                            August 1, 2016

Application deadline                       September 2, 2016

Resident announced                       All candidates will be notified by October 21, 2016

Residency                                          February/March, 2017

Submit your application by mailing your submission to Abbie Wilson, Public Programs Coordinator, at: awilson@edithwharton.org or The Mount, P.O. Box 974, Lenox, MA 01240.