ASTORIA — The Writer’s Guild of Astoria, in conjunction with Astoria Visual Arts (AVA), announces a new writer-in-residence program that runs July 14 through 21.
The chosen writer will have the opportunity to spend one week in pursuit of creative work in a cottage located on Washington’s Willapa Bay. Hosted by Buzz Bissinger and Lisa Smith at their five-acre waterfront property, this residency will provide writing time and space in an idyllic setting to make substantial progress on a significant writing project. Writers of novels, short stories, literary nonfiction, plays, memoir, poetry and screenplays will be considered.
Lodging and a food stipend are provided. The writer must arrange for transportation to and from the residency.
Applications are due Wednesday, May 15. Applications consist of (1) a cover letter describing your experience and interests as a writer, your connection with the Pacific Northwest and what you hope to accomplish during your residency; (2) a one-page description of your writing project, its scope, and current state; (3) a short (one- to five-page) writing sample; and (4) a resume, including any writing publications if applicable.
Bissinger teaches advanced narrative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of various books, including “Friday Night Lights,” “Three Nights in August” and “A Prayer for the City.”
Smith has spent much of her career in public-interest communications, including writing and producing for public television and public radio.
One or both hosts will be on hand, for at least a portion of the residency, for socializing in the evenings. The Writer’s Guild will arrange opportunities for additional evening social interactions with writers and others throughout the week. A cocktail hour and reading of a sample of the resident’s work will be open to the public and scheduled at the AVA Gallery at the close of the residency.