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Below is Frances’ post about her writing process. Enjoy!
The novel opens with a pre-teen Maggie Dillon describing the idyllic marriage between her parents, Irene and Patrick, which she and her sister grew up sheltered in during the first decade of their lives. Set in the 1960s Chilcotin region of British Columbia, Greenslade deftly portrays the dual nature of the Canadian frontier: a simple, serene place to live, yet also a vast and dangerous wilderness. Maggie, a worrywart to the core, narrates how although her parents seemed happy, her childhood was tinged with a constant uneasiness that something would go wrong. She says: “I worried about leaving Mom at home alone, about the wild way she swung the ax when she was splitting kindling and the way Dad nagged her to be careful […] you think a thing, you open a door. You invite tragedy in. That’s what my worry taught me.”
Applications are due May 15, 2012. Projects eligible for this program are fiction, non-fiction, a script, or poetry, intended for children or young adults. Illustrations may be combined with any of these formats, but are not required. The selected applicant will receive a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL's Central Library in Copley Square. The applicant must work a minimum of 20 hours per week at the BPL during the nine-month residency (September 4, 2012 through May 31, 2013.) To be eligible, the applicant must be a US citizen and cannot have published more than three books to-date. For further details or to apply, please download and submit the program guidelines and application form (PDF). more info here: [www.bpl.org]
- Provide an emerging children's writer with the financial support and office space needed to complete one literary work
- Promote the awareness of young readers, families and teachers of the Boston Public Library and its resources, by establishing a living link between the Library and the community
- Draw attention to the importance of writers and writing in our culture, as well as the many free educational opportunities offered by the Boston Public Library
(ALL) Houghton Library Fellowships at Harvard University—Houghton Library is the principal rare book and manuscript library of Harvard College. The Library's holdings are particularly strong in the following areas: European, English, American, and South American literature, including the country's pre-eminent collection of American literary manuscripts; philosophy; religion; history of science; music; printing and graphic arts; dance; and theatre. Fellows will also have access to collections in Widener Library as well as to other libraries at the University. Preference is given to scholars whose research is closely based on materials in Houghton collections, especially when those materials are unique; fellowships are normally not granted to scholars who live within commuting distance of the library. Each fellow is expected to be in residence at Houghton for at least four weeks during the period from July 2013 through June 2014 (these do not have to be consecutive weeks), and each fellow is expected to produce a written summary of your experience working with the collection. The stipend for each fellowship is $3,000. Other than the Pantzer Fellowship, applicants need not apply for specific fellowships, as the Selection Committee would determine which fellowship is best suited to your research. For more info, go to: [hcl.harvard.edu]
|(ARTISTS) ArtistResidency Program at the Boston Center for the Arts
April 20, 2012
Manager: Cynthia Woo, firstname.lastname@example.org,
The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is accepting applications
for the Artist Residency Program. The program aims to provide an environment
where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new
ideas and simultaneously engage in public dialogue in a way that is considerate
to the artist’s time and process.
This fifteen-week, process-oriented residency is awarded to two
individual artists per year (no groups or collaborative pairs). Through a
series of community programs jointly developed by the artist and the BCA, it
allows artists to connect to the public and explore themes that inform their
International artists are invited to apply; however, all artists
are responsible for their own visa, travel, living and housing expenses. With
the BCA’s commitment to local artists, at least one resident will be an
individual based in Massachusetts. Support | Artists receive a $2,250 honorarium, 239 square foot
studio work place, Intern assistance (artist must provide their own housing) For more info, go to: http://www.bcaonline.org
(WRITERS & ARTISTS) Colorado Art Ranch Residencies Deadline April 15, 2012 [coloradoartranch.org] Colorado Art Ranch provides one-month residencies to writers and visual artists from around the world. We encourage emerging artists, as well as established artists, to apply. The residencies in 2012 are theme based and are at different times and places in Colorado. See the website for details. Artists pay their own travel and food. There is a $50 application fee. To apply [coloradoartranch.org] nextresidency.htm
(WOMEN ARTISTS/SCHOLARS) Worchester Art Museum's FrancesA. Kinnicutt Travel/Study Awards Deadline is April 13, 2012. Eligibility: Women residents of Worcester County and/or members of the Museum staff, contractors, current students taking courses at the Worcester Art Museum, and Museum volunteers are eligible. Awards: Awards will be announced by the end of June 2012 and may only be used during the Museum’s fiscal year 2013 (September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013). Awards provide partial funding to be supplemented by the applicant and are granted based on the merit of the proposal. The exact amount of an award is not preset, but past awards have been in the range of $1000 to $2200. The award does not exceed 50% of the total cost of the travel to be undertaken. For more info, go to: [www.worcesterart.org]
(ALL) Call for Applicationsfor Residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy Deadline: May 1, 2012
The Residency Program in Bellagio, Italy allows for focused work, uninterrupted by the professional and personal demands of daily life. In addition to time for dedicated work on individual projects and for reflection during the day, building new connections and collegial interaction with other residents is a defining characteristic of the Bellagio experience. During a residency, people of diverse expertise and backgrounds come together in a thought-provoking, creative, collegial environment that helps create change and have impact on a wide range of world issues. Residents include an international group of academics, writers, artists, scientists, journalists, non-governmental organization practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. Meals and informal presentations of residents' work afford an opportunity for dynamic discussion and engagement with each other. The combination of quiet time for individual, focused work and connections with such a diverse community is unparalleled.
Academic Writing as well as Arts & Literary Arts residencies typically last four weeks, and spouses/life partners may accompany residents. Practitioner residencies can last between two to four weeks. Joint applications from co-authors are also welcome. Applications for Academic Writing as well as Arts & Literary Arts residencies are due by May 1, 2012 for a residency period beginning in mid-February 2013 through mid-August 2013. Applications from practitioners and for conferences are accepted on a rolling basis.
To apply, and for more information, please visit [www.rockefellerfoundation.org] or download a brochure at [www.rockefellerfoundation.org]
|2. Paste confirmation number in the body of an email along with no more than THREE jpgs 400 to 600 KBs each. Your images must be photographed well and represent your best work.|
3. Number each picture and include in your email a list corresponding to all three images with their title, size, medium and date of completion.
And make sure you include your full name and address in case you win!
Send to: email@example.com NO attachments. Do not include bio—just your numbered pictures, payment confirmation number, title list, and contact info. Enter only three jpgs.
The Grand Prize Winner and Second Place winner will be announced sometime in April on my website. Winners will be notified via email.
|Wendy M. Watson, Curator|
Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum
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You can read more about Julie’s final project online: [tongassguardians.com] and you can read about other residency experiences here (all of these residencies were found on Mira’s List!) and also find out how you can post your own experiences: http://www.miraslist.com/search/label/RESIDENCY%20TESTIMONIALS
The Voices of the Wilderness residency was an amazing opportunity to see a remote wilderness up close guided by a highly-experienced team of forest rangers. The seven-day trip was highly active and involved a fair amount of camping, travel by sea kayak as well as off-trail hiking. It was a fantastic experience, not soon to be forgotten.
Thank you so much for posting such interesting opportunities!
All the Best,