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. Residency periods of one to four weeks are available from February through November.
Potential writers-in-residence should submit a concise narrative proposal in the form of a personal letter. Please 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. Reviewers will evaluate the literary merit of each proposal as well as its “fit” with our mission and history. Priority will be given to applicants whose project could only be completed in Key West, or where the geographical, environmental, cultural, and/or political factors of the region are germane to your project.
Please include the names and contact points for two references, as well as your own contact information, at the end of your letter. One letter of recommendation is also required.
Mail your application 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address below, and include sample publications or works-in-progress that may strengthen your proposal (if material is unpublished, please limit to 10 pages).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. Please allow six-to-eight weeks for a reply.
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 Katie Leigh, Key West Literary Seminar, 717 Love Lane, Key West, Florida, 33040.