Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thurber House residency search underway

Molly Blaisdell sent this along:

Who will be the next recipient of the Thurber House Residency in Children’s Literature?

Are you passionate about sharing your love of writing with students? Do you have trouble carving out time in your busy schedule to focus on researching that new book idea or solving that plot issue? Do you tell the kids you’re running errands and duck into the spare room in order to get some quiet time? Wouldn’t it be great to have four weeks away from your daily routine with nothing standing between you and the characters that are driving you crazy?

Consider this – Thurber House is accepting applications for our Residency in Children’s Literature for 2010. This annual residency, generously sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, is awarded to a talented author of books for middle grade children. We are looking for emerging writers’ (at least one book published and one in contract) who also love to teach creative writing to kids.

The resident will spend four weeks during the summer of 2010 staying in the third floor apartment at Thurber House (where the bed famously fell on James Thurber’s father) located in Columbus, Ohio. As part of the residency, the writer will also spend up to ten hours per week teaching children the joys of writing in both a community-based agency and as part of the Thurber House Summer Writing Camp for children. If that isn’t enough, the resident receives a stipend of $4,000 and the gift of time to focus on his or her writing.

If your curiosity is piqued, then visit our web site at and print out the details on how to submit your application, which is due by Friday, December 11, 2010. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain so start putting your application together today.

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