2022 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence
In Partnership with Straw Dog Writers Guild
The Mount and Straw Dog Writers Guild have joined together to offer a unique residency experience for emerging writers. Each residency is for one week and includes lodging, a workspace at The Mount, and a stipend. The residencies run from March 6 –March 26; nine spots are available (three per week).
Selected writers will receive a $500 stipend and lodging at neighboring Seven Hills Inn for the entirety of their residency. Both facilities are fully accessible, and the distance to the workspace at The Mount is approximately ½ mile by foot or car. Participants are responsible for arranging their travel. Travel expenses up to $250 are reimbursable. Breakfasts are provided by Seven Hills, lunches by The Mount. Participants are responsible for their evening meals.
The principal responsibility of each writer is to further develop their creative work. In addition, we ask that you make yourself available for possible local media requests and participate, if you are able, in one public celebration of the Writers-in-Residence program, to be held virtually on Zoom or in person at The Mount in the summer or early fall of 2022.
Week 1: Sunday, March 6 to Saturday, March 12
Week 2: Sunday, March 13 to Saturday, March 19
Week 3: Sunday, March 20 to Saturday, March 26
Mandatory orientation on Mondays at 9:00
Residents will work at The Mount and lodge next door at Seven Hills Inn. Each writer will have a dedicated, heated space from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday of their designated week. Rooms are assigned by lottery. Wi-Fi is available. Lunches will be provided Monday through Friday so that writers may focus on their writing. While The Mount is primarily closed to the public during March, please note you would be sharing the house with staff and the occasional visitor.
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. The Mount, which she called her “first true home,” is where 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.
Emerging writers in any genre are invited to apply for a residency. You must be over the age of twenty-one and have published no more than one book.
Applicants must provide a proposal (double-spaced, using a standard 12-pt. font) to include:
- A one-page bio
- A one-page outline of your proposed project. As clearly and concisely as possible, tell us about your writing and what you would like to accomplish during your residency. Your statement should not include any biographical information.
- Writing sample of 10–pages of prose or 5 poems
Prose writing samples can include several short pieces or sections of writing but not exceed the 10-page limit (double-spaced, using a standard 12-pt. font). Do not include autobiographical or identifying information in your Writing Sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the sample pages.
$25 which will be waived for Mount and/or Straw Dog Writers Guild members and/or for financial hardship.
Submissions are reviewed anonymously and ranked, based on the following criteria: quality of writing, originality of voice, the potential for growth as a writer, and strength of the statement of purpose.
The Selection Committee’s decisions are final. We regret we are unable to provide critiques of or comments on applications.
Applications open October 1, 2021
Application deadline November 1, 2021
Residents announced December 15, 2021