Blackacre Writing Residency / Deadline: Rolling

The Blackacre Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead, in conjunction with Baltic Writing Residency, is pleased to offer a Writing Residency in Louisville, Kentucky.

Thus, each year six writers will be chosen. Applications are accepted by any author of poetry, plays, screenplays, fiction, or creative nonfiction writing in English, regardless of their home nation (translations are admissible).

Our writer in residence will be required to give one to two public presentations. Additional expectations may include community engagement via one workshop, or collaborating with local residents interested in their craft, or interacting with area public / parochial schools, or one university guest lecture. Events will be orchestrated by the Baltic Writing Residency at local venues with operational support by Blackacre staff.

Comfortable accommodations at Blackacre include Wi-Fi, furnished large living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat. A washer and dryer flank a wood–paneled study with plenty of light overlooking the stone patio. The resident poet, screen-writer, author or playwright will have complete access to multiple trails of timber and fields of prairie grass surrounding a historical homestead.

The Writer in Residence at Blackacre includes a stipend of $200, and access to an automobile (not travel or other expenses). it is necessary that the resident have a current and valid driver’s license. The writer resides for at least one week (though the residency may be longer). The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on Blackacre’s overall schedule of visiting writers. In turn, the writer has a good deal of say as to when they take the residency, having the ability to delay beginning the residency for up to a year. Writers are welcome to bring partners who are in the position of taking advantage of the residency as well; however, children and pets cannot be accommodated unfortunately.

Local Theater Companies i.e. Stage One, Commonwealth Theatre Center, The Kentucky Center and Actor’s Theatre will also be contacted when feasible for potential discussion of producing a playwright’s original stage work if so inspired by Blackacre.

Applications are read by a anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.

Click here for more information and to apply.  

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