Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of poetry as well as accomplished and dedicated writing teachers who are experienced working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting, as well as on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional-development advice.
Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (e.g., developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in helping writers become better writers and fostering an appreciation of the craft.
Previous writers-in-residence include Rebecca Brown, Charles Mudede, Wendy Call, Karen Finneyfrock, David Wagoner, Kathleen Alcala, and others.
Applications are due by March 31, 2019. Responses will be sent by June 1. Please submit the application through submittable. Full details regarding the application process are below.
Duration: Sept. 15, 2019, through June 15, 2020. The term is renewable at the discretion of Hugo House with a two-term limit.
Mentorship: Writers-in-residence hold weekly office hours (45 hours over nine months per term) where they mentor Hugo House community members by offering criticism on their writing projects as well as professional-development advice about the writing process, finding an agent, publishing, and other writerly concerns in a one-on-one setting. Writers-in-residence are responsible for coordinating their own appointments and must maintain a log of appointments for tracking and grant purposes. An office is provided for meetings and for writers-in-residence to have space to work on their artistic projects.
Writers-in-Residence will mentor Hugo House Fellows, meeting with them 5-6 times per year.
Community Outreach: Writers-in-residence act as ambassadors of Hugo House and advocates for writing in the community. Hugo House staff will oversee efforts of community outreach. We require Writers-in-Residence to offer 3 separate workshops/lectures/presentations outside of Hugo House’s location to communities with little access to the arts; and participate in 2 readings at Hugo House (organized by Hugo House); and curate, host, or participate in other Hugo House events and/or development activities as needed or available.
Teaching: The writer-in-residence teaches a minimum of two six-week classes per calendar year (subject to approval) as part of the Hugo Classes program. The writer will receive separate compensation for teaching.
$500 per month stipend for nine months, plus additional compensation for Hugo Classes; access to a vibrant and growing community of, by, and for writers; an opportunity to work with a committed staff in a creative work environment; and support and encouragement for artistic projects. Each writer-in-residence has 24 hour access to a private writing office in the Hugo House temporary space to work on their writing project, or hold meetings. Details about Hugo House’s permanent space are not confirmed, and a private office cannot be guaranteed after our move.
Write a cover letter of no more than 500 words that includes a description of your potential residency; your artistic project; your plans/ideas for community outreach; and your teaching/mentoring philosophy. Please include a writing sample (maximum of 10 pages) and curriculum vitae.
Applications are due by March 31, 2019, and will be judged by a panel of Hugo House staff, and community members.
Questions may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugo House is committed to equity and employs teachers of all backgrounds. Professional and academic opportunity is a privilege. If you do not meet some of the eligibility requirements, but have demonstrated success in other categories, our panel will weigh the components of your application accordingly.