Application Period is Now Open for the Second LitSpace St. Petersburg Writer’s Residency!
Keep St. Pete Lit is proud to announce the opening of the application period for the second annual LitSpace St. Pete Writing Residency. Application guidelines can be accessed below, and we will be accepting applications until January 20, 2017. The winning applicant will receive two weeks of accommodation at the Craftsman House on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, and a $1400 grant to defray travel and living expenses. The residency runs from April 8 to April 24, 2017.
For those not intimately familiar with the world of writing residencies, it’s worth pointing out – we have managed to put together a pretty excellent one here. Aside from a few high-profile prizes that go to established literary figures, there are exceedingly few residencies that give emerging writers the time, space, and most importantly the money to focus entirely on their own creative work for a substantial block of time. In fact, believe it or not, many residencies ask writers to pay their own way.
Our goal is to do something those residencies don’t – provide real material support for working and emerging writers. Of course, we wish that instead of a week, we could give them a month, or three months – maybe next year.
Our other, equally important goal is to turn the LitSpace Residency into a major asset for the St. Petersburg and Central Florida literary community by attracting the finest literary talent from around the country and the world. In conjuction with the Sunlit Literary Festival, our resident will conduct a limited-enrollment masterclass for local writers, and a reading for members of the public.
Our (guinea pig) first resident, New Orleans-based journalist and novelist Michael Patrick Welch, had some very nice things to say about how the residency worked for him this year. He also brought a fantastic wealth of knowledge and insight to our community through his workshop – one of the attendees of that course has since published their piece.
Michael will also be helping us select this year’s resident. By creating that link from one year to the next, we hope to build a legacy that will secure St. Petersburg’s place on the literary map. If you’d like to help us out, please spread the word to any and all talented writers you know – we want to make sure we introduce St. Petersburg to the best writer we can find.