An inaugural 10-month, paid writing residency for BIPOC Women in partnership with the YWCA and Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association
The YWCA Halifax and Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Writer-in-Residence program “Her Story” is an open invitation for any BIPOC women writers to apply for a 10-month residency (May 2021-March 2022). We encourage women with lived experience as part of an equity-seeking community to apply, such as trans women, women with a disability or women experiencing homelessness.
The Writer-in-Residence will
- develop and host biweekly sessions with diverse women
- support the writing of pieces (including, but not limited to, memoirs, poems, short stories, non-fiction, articles, etc.)
- research and write profiles of Atlantic authors from underrepresented communities
- work with the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association to publish pieces in Atlantic Books Today magazine, online, and/or with local Atlantic publishers and magazines
- The writer will also be supported in pursuing their own writing projects during their residency
The position will pay a stipend of $13,000 for the 10-month project. We expect from the Writer-in-Residence a 10-15-hour per week commitment toward project deliverables, which we hope allows sufficient time for the writer’s own writing projects. We will provide office and meeting space but are flexible in terms of working spaces for writers who want to work from home or other spaces as well. We are committed to all current public health and safety protocols around COVID-19.
The Writer-in-Residence is expected to play a mentorship role, assisting participants with their writing aspirations, provide feedback on work in progress, help them better understand publishing options and implications, and promote the work of those wanting to share it more widely. This may include a program launch and events promoting the work of willing participants.
Please outline your areas of expertise and interests as a writer (for example, genres of focus and experience), a list of publications and professional affiliations, and previous educational workshop-delivery experience. Please also indicate what it means to you to work from a trauma-informed perspective and highlight any experience you have working with learners from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of formal education.
Please submit a cover letter, literary CV, and proposed workshop ideas by April 18, to Mallory Burnside-Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org