August 2018

Writer-in-Residence Program · Application Process

The Library Foundation is no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Writer-in-Residence.

The Library Foundation’s Writer-in-Residence serves as the Library’s literary ambassador to the community. The goal of the Writer-in-Residence program is to foster engagement between the Library and the community’s writers and readers by providing instruction on the craft of writing, both online and in-person. The Writer-in-Residence will also serve as the Library’s representative in the local literary arts scene.

During the residency period, The Writer-in-Residence will be required to:

  • Conduct a minimum of 3 public writing workshops at the Main Library
  • Hold monthly office hours at a Library location
  • Write a minimum of 24 blog posts/year
  • Host a monthly podcast
  • Host, appear, or speak at other Library and community events and participate in Library promotions as needed
  • Complete a written work that can be shared at the end of the residency

The successful candidate will:

  • Reside in southwest Ohio (priority given to Hamilton County residents)
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be actively engaged in the local literary arts community
  • Possess a record of past achievements, strong artistic merit, and a commitment towards advancing the literary arts
  • Have experience teaching writing or conducting writing workshops
  • Any writer may apply, but priority will be given to writers in the following genres:
    • Fiction
    • Narrative non-fiction, including history, biography and memoir
    • Children's literature
    • YA literature
    • Graphic novels

The selected candidate will receive:

  • $10,000 stipend
  • Promotion and exposure as the selected Library Foundation Writer-in-Residence

Application process:

  • Submit the online statement of interest and qualifications by Sunday, July 14
  • Selected candidates will be invited to submit the full application, including:
    • Resume or CV
    • Three recent writing samples, limited to two pages each (no less than 12 pt. font)
    • Description of the written work that you will develop during the residency, not to exceed one page
    • Three potential topics for writing workshops
    • Three references who can provide letters of recommendation, if requested. The references should be able to speak to your work as a writer.
  • Finalists will be invited to participate in an in-person interview, during the week of September 9th

Questions about the Writer-in-Residence program or the application process may be directed to the Programming Department.

Submit your statement of interest and qualifications.