The Mount Announces The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program, Application Deadline August 31

(Lenox, MA)— The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA is pleased to announce The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence, a two-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 and scholars of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Applications open on July 1, 2015 and will be accepted through August 31, 2015. For additional information including submission guidelines, please visit EdithWharton.org.

For the past two years, The Mount has informally offered the use of the house to writers. In 2014, authors Francesca Segal and Kate Bolick worked in the house during the winter months. Segal and Bolick are both avid fans of Edith Wharton. Segal’s The Innocents, is a retelling of The Age of Innocence set in a modern suburb of London. In Bolick’s bibliomemoir, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, Wharton makes an appearance as one of her five “Awakeners”, women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have influenced her life choices. This past March, writer and scholar Natalie Dykstra found inspiration in Wharton’s library, working on an article on 19th century pressed flower albums, which she titled “Enduring Beauty.”

“Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to take an idea we have been experimenting with and make it official,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. “The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence brings writing back to the property while supporting and celebrating contemporary writers.”

About the Program

What: A two-week residency for one writer at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, MA. Residents 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 the resident is to spend time further developing his or her creative work.

Who:  Writers and scholars of demonstrated accomplishment are invited to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress during their time 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.

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 National Historic Landmark and a museum that celebrates the artistic, literary, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton.

To apply:

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
  • Submission by email to info@edithwharton.org

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 40,000 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.

For more information, visit EdithWharton.org.

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