On the Radar – Fall Edition

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. Deadline: January 24, 2018.

Fine Arts Work Center Fellowships are open to writers and visual artists in the emerging stages of their careers. Writing Fellowship Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

How to Get Accepted at an Artist Residency. I chatted with writer Alanna Schubach for this one. She culled together a Lifehacker article that is packed with good info.

Note: I’ll update this list with more solid opportunities coming up from now until the end of the year so make sure to check back every so often. This will never be comprehensive – it’s always been a list I create for myself and share. 

To be honest, I haven’t written at all this year. Picking out floor lamps and handtowels excites me more than writing these days and I don’t believe in continuing to do something if it makes me miserable. I am teaching fiction to a boisterous pack of 9 – 11-year-olds and you know what? They have fun. Their ideas excite them. They are unencumbered by things that lay outside of pure creation. No thoughts of legacy, or their parents, or saleability, or respectability, or agents, or publication, or even readers. 

This doesn’t feel fun anymore, it feels grueling. Right now, I am at peace saying that I am not writing and will not unless I can do it with the same thrill my kids do. Until I can be a kid alone in my room. And if I never feel that way again, then I never will. I’ve never been of the hyperbolic mindset that I would die if I couldn’t write. Writing has never been my lifeblood, it’s always felt more like one of the pathways to understanding myself, my loved ones, strangers. But other things have at different times been fulfilling pathways. Friendships. Meditation. Family. Cooking. Reading. 

But I’m not opposed to seeking out opportunities that will lead me to be that kid in her room, scribbling scenes for the joy of it. I’ll continue to share what I find.

 

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