The 2019 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence

What:  The Mount, Edith Wharton’s former home in Lenox, Massachusetts, offers two and three week residencies each March for three women poet, fiction, or creative nonfiction writers. The residents will be provided with a $1,000 stipend, a $250 travel allowance, work space at The Mount, and lodging for the entirety 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, the residents will be expected to be available for local media requests and will participate in a public panel discussion with fellow residents during their stay.

When: Residencies will be held in 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. 2000 characters)
    • Writing sample of approximately 1,500 words
    • $25 application fee

Important dates:
Applications open August 1, 2018
Application deadline August 31, 2018
Residents announced November 2018
Residency March 2019

Applications are closed for the 2019 Residence. Please check back in Summer 2019 for new dates.

The Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence Program
c/o The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
P.O. Box 974
Lenox, MA 01240

Past Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence:

  • Elif Batuman
  • Buzzy Jackson
  • Kate Reed Petty


  • Christene Barberich
  • Donna M. Lucey
  • Vanessa Manko


  • Claire McMillan
  • Yvonne Puig
  • Koren Zailckas


  • Natalie Dykstra


  • Kate Bolick
  • Francesca Segal