Applying For Writing Residencies Webinar

Have you ever said, I wish I had time and space to write? Writing residencies provide  unstructured time, a quiet environment, living and working space, and many times even funding. Whenever I am at a residency, I feel like I am living and working exactly as I was meant to. So if you need time to work on that novel, a place away from the stresses and distractions of daily life, a writing residency could be right for you.Writers applying for the first time or those who are looking to troubleshoot rejections are welcome.

This 3-part webinar will cover:

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-the purpose of a writing residencies

-where to search for residencies

-how to determine which residency is right for YOU

-organizing yourself

-what’s commonly asked for on applications: artist statement, bio, statement of intent, project description, resume, writing samples, references and recommendation letters

-actual applications (we will look at two current open applications together)

-what happens after an acceptance (preparing practically & mentally)

-what happens after a rejection (coping with disappointment, reasons for rejection besides quality of work, and moving forward)

About the instructor:

Glendaliz Camacho is a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee and 2015 Write A House Finalist. She has earned residencies at Jentel, Caldera, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Hedgebrook, Lanesboro Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Anderson Center, and Kerouac Project. She has served in the selection committee for Caldera and the programming committee for BinderCon. She is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) fiction workshops and in July the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop. She is a recipient of a Money For Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant.

Her work appears in The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press), The Butter, The Brooklyn Rail, and Kweli Journal, among others.

What prior participants had to say:

“After attending Glendaliz Camacho’s webinar on applying to writing residencies I really feel better equipped to send out stronger apps.” -Nadia A.

“I knew something was wrong as the rejections letters piled up. Seeing
that Glendaliz had been awarded so many residencies in one year, I
definitely needed to take her webinar to see how I could better
represent my work. Seeing her application materials showed me how
uninspired mine seemed. After revamping them, I was accepted into the
first residency I applied to. I can’t thank Glendaliz enough!” -Ivelisse Rodriguez PhD

“I thought this was so thorough and real and accessible. Such great tips. Loved it.” -Angelique R.

$60 for all three 50 minute recorded video sessions

To purchase : glendalizcamacho [at] gmail.com

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Write it Better: A Short Story Class

David Sedaris said that good short stories, “take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized now and uneasy with the fit.” How do they do this? Through a combination of readings, discussion, exercises, and critique this course will cover the elements in short fiction that – when done well – make for a great short story. We’ll discuss characters, plot, setting, dialogue, writing an(other), rewriting and editing. The goal is to tighten these elements in our own stories. All experience levels are welcome. Participants can choose to have a short story critiqued in class, begin a new piece, or simply take everything in and use what they learn later. Maximum class size: 6

About the instructor:

Glendaliz Camacho studied English literature at Fordham University and worked in the editorial departments of Victoria Sanders & Associates and Cambridge University Press. She is a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee and 2015 Write A House Finalist. She has been an Artist in Residence at Jentel, Caldera, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Hedgebrook, and Lanesboro Arts. Glendaliz is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) Fiction Workshops. She is currently the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace residency.

Her work appears in The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press), The Butter, The Brooklyn Rail, and Kweli Journal, among others.

Tuesdays (May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31)

6pm – 8pm in Lower Manhattan

$300

For more information and to register: glendalizcamacho [at] gmail.com

Now Hear This: A Story and Performance Series

Now Hear This: A Story and Performance Series

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Gold Lion Arts

2733 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento CA 95818

Doors open 7:30pm. Reading begins at 8pm.

$15 Suggested Donation at the Door. Cash only.

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Join us as we go from present-day California to 1940s Dominican Republic with stories navigating the terrain of relationships between a man and his dog, a man and his family, and two women entangled with the same man.

“Set in Stone” by Sacramento writer Maureen O’Leary will be read by actor Lee Williams

“Noelia and Amparo” by New York City Glendaliz Camacho will be read by actors Alexandra Barthel and Atim Udoffia

“Lost Coast” by Sacramento Bill Pieper will be read by Lonon Smith

Music played by:
Clifford Childers – trombone, harmonica, keyboard
Victor Contreras – guitar*
Kerry Kashiwagi – bass

*Original music for “Set in Stone” by Victor Contreras.

On The Radar – March Edition (And Another One *Dj Khaled voice*)

I still have the jitters from hitting send on a grant application about twenty minutes ago. A minute before the deadline. After two days of emergency wine, rolling around on the carpet, sore eyes. A good reminder that hell is submitting an application for anything last minute. I am going to need some strong drinks tonight to unwind my shoulders that are hitched up to my ears right now.

There are still some good opportunities for writers in my last post since it was late for February, but kinda early for March. Really, no such thing as early when it comes to these applications. Anyway, I won’t repeat anything on that list. Cheers.

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The Vermont Studio Center’s Staff-Artist Program presents emerging artists and writers with a unique opportunity to live and work at VSC for one year, engaging fully with the resident community and Visiting Artists and Writers in order to gain professional expertise, build creative community, and emerge with a strong direction in their artistic careers. In exchange for a one-year commitment of 29 hours of work per week, VSC staff-artists receive room, board, studio space, full access to the VSC community, and a weekly stipend of $200.  Each staff-artist completes their year with a solo exhibition or public reading. Applications accepted until position is filled. Start date: late March/early April.

I-Park is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Family-Friendly Residency from August 1 to August 14, 2016. Four artists and their families (a spouse/partner and up to three children) will be selected for this experimental program. Application deadline: March 7.

Djerassi. Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to national and international artists in the disciplines of choreography, literature, music composition, visual arts, and media arts/new genres. We seek applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom appointments as resident artists may make a significant difference to their careers, as well as from established artists with national and/or international reputations. Applicants are evaluated by panels of arts professionals in each category. Those selected are offered living and studio space for a 30 day session during the season which runs from mid-April through mid-November. Application deadline: March 15

Brush Creek. During their time, residents will be provided a single room with private bath, individual studio space and meals. Breakfast fare is provided for self-service, bagged lunches are delivered to the common area, and dinner is shared family style each night. Application deadline: March 15

Nelligan Prize. $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2016 issue of Colorado Review. Submission deadline: March 14

2016 Pinch Literary Award. Submission deadline: March 15

Tobias Wolff Award. Submission deadline: March 15

Willow Springs Fiction PrizeSubmission deadline: March 15

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Canto a San Francisco – An anthology of Latino Writing (working title): A call for poetry, fiction, and essays by and about Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Who are we as Latinos in the Bay Area? This anthology aims to showcase our stories and impressions of beloved characters, barrios, movimientos, coastal hangouts, quinceañeras, street fights, business negocios, victories and sorrows. We are busboys, lawyers, dancers, bankers, curanderas, vaqueros, tech moguls, abuelitas, teachers, punk poets, playwrights, sex workers, stockbrokers, santeros, cholos, queer parents, nuns, sci-fi nerds and more. Tell us about the Bay Area city that has cradled you, called you, exalted or abandoned you. We welcome triunfos, tragedias and everything in between as long as your work involves Latino characters who are rooted in the locales of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We want our lives present on the page.

About the editors: Sara Campos is a writer, consultant, and immigrant rights attorney with an MFA in creative writing from Mills College. Leticia Del Toro is a Xicana writer, arts activist and teacher from Northern California with roots in Jalisco, Mexico. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Mutha Magazine and Palabra, among others. Please send any inquiries and submissions to cantosf2016@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines: We are calling for submissions of fiction (up to 4000 words), poetry (up to 5 poems), and prose (up to 3000 words). All prose and poetry must be written by Latinos and must connect to the Bay Area. We want your most vibrant prose, poetry, and fiction. Spanish submissions welcome in poetry. Please submit a cover letter, specify the title of your piece, the genre, and any writing credits. Submit in rtf. doc., or pdf. Submission deadline: March 31st, 2016

West Branch. Submission deadline: April 1

The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers will be offered for the fall semester of 2016, the fellowship to begin the first of September and to end the first of December. During this period of time, the Smith/McCullers Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment in Carson McCullers’ childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $5000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Application deadline: April 1

Kweli Children Book Writers Conference. “Join us on April 9th at Scandinavia House for an incredible day with top editors, agents, authors and illustrators in the children’s book publishing world. Our spring conference is an excellent opportunity for writers and illustrators of color to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. The day will include a keynote address by award-winning author, EDWIDGE DANTICAT. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing to the business of writing. Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career and offer carefully considered manuscript critiques.”

Kore Press Short Fiction Award. “This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality.” Judge: Edwidge Danticat. Submission deadline: April 10

Epoch. Submission deadline: April 15

New Ohio Review Fiction Contest. Submission deadline: April 15

Waasnode Fiction Prize. Judge: Tiphanie Yanique. Submission deadline: April 15

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. Application deadline: April 15

The Columbia Review. Submission deadline: April 23

Redivider Beacon Street Prize. Submission deadline: April 30

The Massachusetts Review. Submission deadline: April 30

2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, novellas, or a short novel, and a standard royalty contract. Submission deadline: April 30

TriQuarterly. Submission deadline: April 30

On the Radar – Februaryish & March Edition

I’m writing this month’s On The Radar not from my kitchen counter, sofa, or studio in NYC but from a spacious loft apartment above an art gallery in Minnesota, thanks to a writing residency offered by the Lanesboro Arts Center. I’m finally unpacked, have groceries, and have begun to shape the routine of my month here. My first self-appointed task is to organize myself and see how I can set myself up for future opportunities like this one. Maybe one of these will be just what you need as well. I usually like my deadlines a month away, but here goes:

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3-in-3 Playwriting Workshop is a playwriting experience for three women writers that will take place over two consecutive weekends in April 2016. Over the course of those weekends, playwrights will meet and work with a master playwright and be joined by an extraordinary team of directors and actors to write and create 3 new pieces of work. Application deadline is February 15. 

Writing Our Lives

My good friend and wonderful writer Vanessa Martir teaches this class. “This class is designed for people who are new (or fairly new) to writing the personal essay/memoir and know they want to take on the challenge…dig into the fundamentals of writing personal essays: how to decide what to write, how to start, how to read essays like writers (because reading like a writer and reading like a reader are not the same thing), how to build well-developed characters, write dialogue, etc.” Classes begin February 20.

The Art of the Short Story Workshop

“An eight week workshop for short story writers and novelists of color in New York City with Kweli Founding Editor and Publisher, Laura Pegram…The workshop will include seminars focused on craft and writing exercises. There will be reading assignments and a study of works by well-known writers. Peer Review sessions will take place during the third and fourth weeks of April.” Classes begin February 27.

The Center for Fiction’s NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship                                                Among the things the one-year fellowship period grantees will receive: A grant of $5,000, the option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor, and the opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers. Application deadline is February 29.

The Anderson Center offers residencies of two weeks or one month from May-October to artists, writers, and scholars. Through a grant from the Jerome Foundation of St. Paul, the Center will also devote the month of August, 2016 to encourage the work of emerging artists from New York City and Minnesota.” Application deadline is March 1.

Tulsa Artist Fellowship

In 2017, selected artists will receive a stipend of $20,000 and in most cases, free housing and studio work space. The program seeks talented and diverse voices to support Tulsa’s expanding arts scene. The 2017 fellowship will begin on January 9, 2017. Writing fellowships “will focus on creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novel, young-adult fiction, poetry, and play/screenwriting.” Application deadline is March 4.

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world…Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included.” Application deadline is March 13. 

VONA/Voices

I would not be the same writer I am today had I not gone to VONA (twice). I would not be the same person. This is where I learned that I may not be a brilliant writer in some pantheon but 1. who gives a fuck? and 2. I am a damn good writer. And while brilliance always has detractors and challengers, damn good feels like a solid way to step into any room. I never doubted my damn goodness after VONA. My artistic choices, execution, direction – yes I’ve doubted that of course, but not my ability. AT VONA it’s okay, good even, to be uncertain, to need improvement and guidance, but unnecessary to preface your writing with apologies.

“In VONA’s multi-genre workshops, developing writers of color:

  • Explore their craft in an atmosphere of support and understanding.
  • Learn from the teaching and writing of established writers of color.
  • Are empowered to write about their experiences as people of color.

VONA is the only writers’ conference in the country with a multi-genre focus on writers of color as students and teachers.” The application deadline is March 15.

Prairie Schooner Book Prize is now open for submissions. We are looking for full-length manuscripts in the genres of poetry and short fiction.” Submission deadline is March 15.

Get the Yes: Crafting Your Best Application for Residencies, Fellowships, Grants, and Workshops

I’m facilitating this workshop along with my good friend and writer Grace Jahng Lee. “Whether you’re applying for a writing residency, fellowship, grant, scholarship, or workshop, the process can be anxiety-provoking. How do you even find out about these opportunities? How do you decide which to apply to? What does an artist statement include? Who will write your recommendation letters if you lack literary networks? What do you include in a writer’s CV if you have no/few publications? How do you select your best writing sample? What are strategies for dealing with multiple rejections? For residencies, additional nail-biting may emerge: How do you take time off from work and family obligations to disappear into the woods to write for weeks? How will you finance your residency if you still have rent/bills to pay while away?” As part of BinderCon taking place March 19 & 20.

The Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop is a weeklong intensive  of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guests – prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.” Faculty includes Mat Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Luis Alberto Urrea, Alexander Chee, Rachel Kushner. Deadline for scholarship application is March 23.

2015 Reads

What did your reading look like this year? By all means share your own list, and perhaps a memory associated with each, here or on your own blog.

1. Night by Elie Wiesel. Started the year in Sisters, Oregon at Caldera reading it. I was NOT ready for that book and had to take breaks. Devastating.

2. Spent nights by a wood stove with Frida Kahlo: The Paintings by Hayden Herrera.

3. Ended January talking story, reading The Woman Warrior by Maxine
Hong Kingston.

4. Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret Hart was my flight companion to and from Portland. Also, I swear Bret looked on somewhat unimpressed from the cover as I worked out in my A-frame.

5. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Damn what eloquence and cohesion of thought, brilliantly expressed. Passed it to my roomie in Nebraska City who loved it too.

6. Ex-lover lent me a copy of Watch My Back by Geoff Thompson. Something stuck with me long enough to inspire a few lines of a short story.

7. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi. Umph! This one. Dennis raved about it. Saw it at The Strand and scooped it up. Such beautiful, insightful prose.

8. Read parts of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of The Day to Ex-lover on the train because I’d found something possibly more British than him.

9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Still not sure if this was a hate read? Compelled to finish but disliked execution of plot so much.

10. All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color. Full disclosure, I have a story in it, but loved Patricia Engel’s, ZZ Packer’s stories, among others.

11. The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticatt. Thanks to Angie’s suggestion, read this at the height of this year’s DR/Haiti immigration fuckery. Apropos.

12. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. How I realized I love an “unlikeable” female protagonist.

13. Two or Three Things I Know For Sure by Dorothy Allison. Nighttime bed reading at Hedgebrook.

14. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. Will be eternally grateful to Adrienne who went to the shelf, plucked this out, and put it in my hands at Hedgebrook. Shifting.

15. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo. I loved and laughed and was so moved by those kids’ misadventures.

16. Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti. I couldn’t even read this as a writer to study craft because it was so good and strange and skillful I just abandoned myself to it.

17. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami. So rich. I stayed up until 4am to finish it the morning I was leaving Hedgebrook at 8am. That wonderful.

18. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I was in it for the first 100 pages. Then I read 100 pages too much waiting for it not to be terrible. Then I quit. If anyone ever puts out a draft of my work, as this obviously was, I will find you.

19. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. Got the feels on the 2 train at a particular page and had to casually wipe a tear. I was like damn you, Daniel. Damn you.

20. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Found one night on a Brooklyn stoop by divine providence. 100 pages to go. So much yes. Like who doesn’t wanna grow up and write with this much depth and humor and care and intelligence?

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On the Radar – December Edition

Some opportunities for writers to consider over the next month. End this year and start the next one on a productive note.

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Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.” Deadline: January 1st for residencies starting May 1, 2016 through February 2017.

The Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop is a weeklong intensive  of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guests – prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.” Faculty includes Mat Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Luis Alberto Urrea, Alexander Chee, Rachel Kushner. The application goes live: January 1st.

“The Saltonstall Foundation supports artists and writers of New York State through two main programs held at our colony in Ithaca, NY. The summer juried residency program (May – Sept.) Subsidized, do-it-yourself “off-season” retreats (Oct. – April)” Deadline: January 2

Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.” Deadline: January 15th for the May-August residency period.

The Jentel Artist Residency Program is located on a 1000 acre plus working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan (Population 17,300).” Jentel is the first residency I ever went to and this is what it was like for me. I credit my time there with shifting my diligence into a higher gear. A lot of opportunities I earned afterwards were because I devoted time to researching and organizing myself while at Jentel. Deadline: January 15th for the summer/fall residency May 13 – December 15.

Third Coast Fiction Contest. Winners each receive $1,000 and publication in Third Coast. Deadline: January 15

Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2016 Writing Prizes, including the 2016 Short Fiction Contest. The author of the winning story will receive $1000 and publication in Yemassee 23.2.” Deadline: January 15

Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971.” Deadline: January 15

“The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.” Deadline: January 15

The James Merrill House offers “one 4-1/2 month residency between mid-January and the end of May, and three or four shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks during the months between Labor Day and mid-January. Deadline: for Fall 2016-Spring 2017 residencies ends January 15, 2016.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, established in 1954, is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The foundation keeps a low-profile and serves as a haven for painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, composers, photographers and filmmakers. We are located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a four-hundred-year-old multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.” Deadline: January 18

Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction
Six Mondays
January 18, 2016 – February 22, 2016
7PM-9PM

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program is “a nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, LMCC’s Workspace program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities.” I’m currently a writer-in-residence there until June and highly recommend applying. This was the view from my studio (we moved floors). Deadline: January 28

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First Book Boot Camp is an all day intensive designed to help you finish your book. Novelist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters,Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and King of Cuba) facilitates it in Marin County, CA. Date: January 30

“Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. Winners and runners-up are published in each December issue.” Kelly Link is the fiction judge. Open: January 1 – 31

“Once again W@W is pleased to continue its long tradition of its Annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. First Place: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2016 conference, and a featured reading during the conference.” Deadline: January 31

A Room of Her Own Foundation for Women: Writers: Artists. “Four Orlando prizes of $1,000 each and publication are awarded twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers.” Deadline: January 31

Nelson Algren Literary Award. One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Deadline: January 31