The Mount’s 2017 Writers-in-Residence Program, Application Deadline September 2

(Lenox, MA)— The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA is pleased to announce The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence, a two-three week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat. The program is open to writers of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Applications open on August 1, 2016 and will be accepted through September 2, 2016. For additional information including submission guidelines, please visit EdithWharton.org.

New this year, The Mount will be offering residency for up to three women writers. 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. Residencies will be held in February or March of 2017. Each residency will be scheduled so that there is some overlap between the writers. This “mini” writers’ colony will give the residents a community of support and camaraderie.

This past March, The Mount hosted their first round of writers: Koren Zailckas, Claire McMillan, and Yvonne Puig. When asked what this time has meant to her, Zailckas expressed “With zero hyperbole, my residency at the Mount was the best thing that ever happened to me or my writing process. Looking out on the same view that Edith did, that’s part of it. The Mount offers something else as well—something, dare I say, otherworldly. We writers-in-residence instinctively started calling it “the Edith magic.”

The Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence is made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor. Funding for the program has been secured through Spring 2018.

About the Program

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 resident. 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               October 2016

Residency                               February/March, 2017

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 42,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount has become the literary hub of the Berkshires, regularly hosting esteemed writers—including novelists, poets, biographers, scholars, and journalists—for readings and discussions. Writers who have appeared recently at The Mount include David McCullough, Richard Russo, Sharon Olds, Megan Daum, and Darryl Pinckney.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

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