Apply now to become the next Thurber House Children's Book Writer-in-Residence!

>> Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Four years ago, I was honored to be the Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence for four weeks in Columbus, Ohio. I lived in the attic of James Thurber's boyhood home, led writing workshops with local students, and had lots of time to work on my then-current work-in-progress: The League of Seven, which comes out this August! I had a great time--and you will too!

The application period is now open for the 2015 Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence. Here are the details:

Qualifications: Candidates must have at least one middle grade (roughly 3-6 grade) book published by a traditional trade publishing house, but no more than five and one new middle grade 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 2015. 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), and (10), Alan Gratz (11), Donna Gephart (12), Jane Kelley (13), Kristen Kittscher (14).

Stipend: $4,000

Housing: A furnished, two-bedroom apartment is provided on the third floor of Thurber House, the college 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, 2014.


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