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Thurber House 2014 Children's Writer-In-Residence

Thurber House is now accepting applications for the 2014 Thurber House Children's Writer-In-Residence, a four week paid residency at Thurber House for a published author of books for middle grade and/or young adult.

Details are as follows.

Thurber House Facts and Guidelines for Children’s Writer-in-Residence

This unique residency has been in existence since 2001, offering an opportunity for writers to have time to work on their writing in a fully furnished apartment, in the historic home of author and humorist, James Thurber.  The residency is available in the summer (any four weeks between June and August) so that the resident can also participate in the community by teaching at our Summer Writing Camp.

The deadline for submissions for the 2014 residency is Friday, November 1, 2013.

Qualifications:  Candidates must have at least one children’s or Young Adult’s book published by a traditional trade publishing house, but no more than five and one new children’s/YA book under contract. Must have experience teaching/working with children in an educational setting.

Program: This is a 4-week residency during June, July, or August 2014. The specific time period is negotiated with the selected author. During the stay, the resident will teach writing-based activities to middle grade children for eight to ten hours per week in a variety of community settings, including the Thurber House Summer Writing Camp.

Past Thurber Residents: Deborah Wiles (2001), Kathryn Hewitt (02), Natasha Tarpley (03), Laurie Miller Hornik (04), Shelley Pearsall (05), Sam Swope (06), Lisa Yee (07), Alan Silberberg (08), Hope Anita Smith (09, Keith McGowan (10), Alan Gratz (11), Donna Gephart (12), Jane Kelley (13).

Stipend: $4,000

Housing:  A furnished, two-bedroom apartment is provided on the third floor of Thurber House, the boyhood home in Columbus, Ohio of James Thurber. All utilities except telephone are included. Internet access is available. Furnishings include all basic household items. No allowance is offered for travel or moving expenses; employment benefits are not provided.

Deadline for receipt of application materials is November 1, 2013.
Fill out the application form and send it along with a letter of interest, your curriculum vita, and a copy of your most recent book to CWIR program, Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave., Columbus OH 43215. Since the residency includes teaching, evidence addressing this skill is encouraged in the materials. Description of works-in-progress is also advised. The screening committee will carefully consider each application, and those who are not selected for further review will be notified as early as possible. After interviewing select candidates, a decision will be announced by early January 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Meg Brown at megbrown(at)thurberhouse(dot)org.

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Good luck to all who apply!


  1. Tight guidelines. I'll let everyone know tomorrow.

  2. That's so funny, I was just researching this yesterday! It was because of someone's tweet (Laurel Snyder maybe?). Looks like a wonderful opportunity and maybe someday I'll have the opportunity to apply...darn these needy children of mine :)

  3. Wow sounds amazing! Too bad I don't qualify. Maybe someday ... :)

  4. Very cool! IF my schedule weren't so insane, I'd consider it!

  5. Sounds amazing, I've heard of something similar for artists so its great writers get this opportunity too.

  6. This sounds so amazing - wish I already had a book published so I could apply.

  7. What an awesome opportunity! I'll be sure to look into it. Thanks for posting!