Sunday, April 13, 2014

Adirondack Center for Writing Launches Residency Program

Twitchell Lake Writers ResidencyThe Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) has announced that it has received an endowment from the estate of author Anne LaBastille to run an annual writer residency program.

ACW will host their first Writer Residency program at Twitchell Lake from October 4-11, 2014. This residency will offer quiet space to work on writing and share that space with other writers. ACW has plans to extend the residency to two weeks in coming years.

The residency was provided by the estate of Anne LaBastille, who wrote books like Woodswoman and Beyond Black Bear Lake from her cabin on Twitchell Lake. Participants in the residency program will paddle out to visit her cabin at least once during the week.

According to ACW, the point of this residency is to provide space, time, and an inspiring landscape for regional and outside writers to work on their writing projects, a chance to unplug and connect with other writers, and to tap into their creative selves. To that end, there will be no internet or cell-phone at the residency. Rooms are single occupancy with private baths, food will be provided.

There is space for six writers, half of the spaces will be reserved for regional authors, and the others will be open to writers from all over the world. We accept writers in any genre.

Quality of written submissions will be their primary consideration when accepting applications. “We’re more interested in your writing than your MFA or publications,” a press release announcing the program said. “Send us good writing!”

Application Deadline and Notification

Submission guidelines and applications will be accepted through an online submission form found on the ACW website, between April 15 and May 15. Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by July 15.

A fund is being created at The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties to support and build this annual residency program. Contributions can be made by contacting ACW (518-354-2161) or the Foundation (315-735-8212) for details.


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