Writing Residency

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center’s 2018 writing residency is a minimum of four and maximum of six weeks long, during July through mid-August. Applicants in the following categories can apply:

  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Fiction/Non-fiction

The writing residency includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a writing space adjacent to the bedroom with a large desk and sofa.

Aside from a two visual artists, the resident writer can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck.

Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals. Residents will receive a $1000 stipend per month, and local food coupons for the value of $300. The writing resident will need to provide his/her own materials and equipment and is expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of July.


Application Process

Applicants will be selected by a professional jury, based on the quality of their writing samples, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment, rural Maine, or agriculture specifically.

This position is open to writers living in Maine or originally from Maine; we will also accept applications from writers with a strong connection to Maine.

Writers at any career stage may apply, whether attending an educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that one must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.)

Applications open December 1st, 2017, and close March 1st, 2018 and are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2018.

Required application materials include:
• A brief explanation of why you are applying for this residency, what this opportunity might do for your writing career, and what makes you the perfect candidate (skills, personal affinity, experience)
• Two writing samples not exceeding 2 pages.
• A resume focused on research/writing experience and publications
• Two professional references


Submit to the Writing Residency starting December 1st on Submittable.