I promised some fellow authors and artists I'd blog on residencies I recommend--yet there are so many and they're all different. So I'll tell you where I'll be applying this year, and I'll tell you why. For a comprehensive list of residencies, visit Poets & Writers and specify residencies. It's searchable by state and cost, which is fabulous.
Here's the list for my next year in no particular order with my (highly personal) reasoning:
I just returned from two weeks writing at Vermont Studio Center. I was fortunate enough to receive an artist's grant to attend, and while there, paid off most of the rest of my stay by doing "work exchange." This was my first residency, and so I thought I'd share a few things I learned about residencies, and a things to think about before choosing one.
1. Have clear goals for your time at the residency. I knew I wanted to finish revisions on my second book, and I had an (unrealistic) goal to finish a shitty-fi...