The Writers House offers one residency per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree (BA, BFA, MA, MFA, PhD) in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree (MFA, MA, or PhD) in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Our residencies include a community service component of 20 hours per week and offer a stipend of $800 a month.
The program is targeted at early-career writers, preferably without a published book. In addition to uninterrupted writing time, the residencies offer opportunities for service at Hub City Press and Bookshop, for presentation of workshops or readings, and for literary projects of your own in Spartanburg, where there is a vibrant literary community. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, outgoing, interested in multiple aspects of the literary field, and has a desire to engage with the Spartanburg community. We accept applications from writers in the following categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screen- and playwriting.
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Please Submit: a writing sample of 10 poems or 20 pages of prose (a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a novel, play or screenplay); a one-page project description that includes what you want to accomplish with your own writing and your ideas for community literary service in Spartanburg; a résumé; and the names and contact information for two references. Please include separate files for all materials.
Applications may be submitted until April 15 at midnight.
The application fee is $35.
Our residents have proposed and carried out a wide variety of community outreach projects. Past residents have edited books, created new programming, offered workshops, and visited schools. Two past residents sponsored art-and-writing marathons in downtown storefronts. All our residents work shifts at the Hub City Bookshop, and help edit and choose manuscripts for the press.
Residents receive a 25 percent discount on books at the Hub City Bookshop.
HUB-BUB, a division of Chapman Cultural Center, and the Hub City Writers Project announce a partnership to bring their Artists-in-Residence and Writer-in-Residence programs together in 2019. The partnership will allow for more collaboration between resident writers and artists during their time in Spartanburg. The HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence program operates in a partnership with the Hub City Writers Project’s Writer’s House program through which resident writers and artists are expected to meet regularly with staff at both organizations and will be presented with opportunities to collaborate on community projects. Writers are awarded 9-month residencies at the Writer’s House in downtown Spartanburg, about a two-minute walk from the apartments where the HUB-BUB artists-in-residence are housed. The two programs are designed to create a space for interdisciplinary collaboration and to foster a creative community in Spartanburg. If you are an artist interested in applying to for a residency with the HUB-BUB, more information can be found here.
Located at 252 S Spring Street, the Writers House is a two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow in the historic Hampton Heights neighborhood. Built in 1924 by a printer for the local newspaper, the cottage is located within three blocks of the central town square and the Hub City Bookshop/Hub City Press offices. The house is fully furnished and has a substantial front porch and a grassed backyard. Washer and dryer are provided in the house.
From time to time, the second bedroom in the house will be used on a very short-term basis by writers visiting the community to give readings or workshops. Residents are encouraged to invite other artists or writers to stay at the house and produce collaborative projects with them. These collaborative projects and visiting artists must be approved by the director of the Hub City Writers Project. Residents can bring their partners or pets.
Accessibility note: we are able to provide comparable accommodations for residents with disabilities.
Aurora Masum-Javed is a poet and educator. After teaching in public schools for many years, she moved to Ithaca to complete her MFA at Cornell University where she later became a lecturer. Her work can be found in Frontier, Winter Tangerine, Nimrod, Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, and Jaggery, among others. She is currently wandering across the country and working on her first manuscript, which focuses heavily on daughterhood.