Our Writer-in-Residence Program aims to support emerging and accomplished writers in the production of compelling literary work by providing short-term housing in Key West. Four to six residency periods of one to four weeks each are available each year from April 15 through September 30.
Potential writers-in-residence should submit a concise narrative proposal (1,000 words or so) in the form of a personal letter. Your proposal should describe past accomplishments and current projects, outline a proposed focus for your residency, and convey a strong sense of why you want to work in Key West. Please include the names and contact points for two references, as well as your own contact information, at the end of your narrative proposal. One letter of recommendation is also required. Please mail your proposal to us the old-fashioned way, using the address below, and include sample publications or works-in-progress that may strengthen your proposal (if material is unpublished, please limit to 10 pages). Be sure to keep an electronic copy of your proposal; we may request an additional copy by email.
Housing is provided in a private, fully furnished, upstairs apartment, part of our small compound on Love Lane in old town Key West, next-door to the library and within walking distance of all the basic requirements: food, drink, movies, and ocean. We are able to host one writer at a time. No funding is available for travel or living expenses. More information is available upon request.
Mail proposals to: W-I-R c/o Arlo Haskell, Key West Literary Seminar, 718 Love Lane, Key West, Florida, 33040. Please mark package “do not forward.”