The ALSCW/Vermont Studio Center Fellowship provides a one-month VSC residency for a writer who is a current member of the ALSCW. It is open to all of the Association’s creative writers and literary translators. To be eligible for the Fellowship, please make sure you have paid your annual dues. We are pleased to partner with the VSC for this fellowship.

The ALSCW Fellowship is a residency program for writers of poetry, prose, or translations. The fellowship, funded by gracious donations from the ALSCW community, allows the recipient to stay at the Vermont Studio Center, situated in the Vermont countryside, for a month of his or her choosing to become immersed in the craft of writing without the distractions of ordinary life.

For the four weeks of the fellowship, the ALSCW Fellow will have a private studio in the new Maverick Writing building, which is devoted entirely to writing studios. All of the studios are furnished with desks, multiple chairs, and a lamp; equipped with internet access, both wireless and hardwired; and networked to communal printing facilities. Fellows live in single-occupancy rooms in one of ten residency houses, which feature linen service and have shared baths. Rooms are located within a short walk of the studio building and Red Mill Dining Hall. The VSC provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner to residents in the dining hall, where snacks are available to residents twenty-four hours a day.

In addition to the environment and facilities, Writing Residents are able to take advantage of the two Visiting Writers VSC arranges to have at the Center every month. These Visiting Writers not only give readings and a “craft talk,” but they are also made available for individual conferences with residents who have been accepted in the same genre. Past Visiting Writers include longstanding champion of the ALSCW, and the sponsor of last year’s ALSCW/VSC Fellowship, Rosanna Warren; poet Adam Zagajewski, whose poem, “The Piano Lesson,” graces the first broadside printed as part of the ALSCW Broadside Series; and Jane Hirshfield, another poet to contribute an original piece – titled “For the Lobria, Usnea, Witches’ Hair, Map Lichen, Beard Lichen, Ground Lichen, Shield Lichen” – to the ALSCW Broadside Series.

This Fellowship is limited to ALSCW members. Be sure that you have joined or renewed your membership by the time you apply. Please remember to renew your annual membership, if you haven’t already. Oxford University Press (OUP) is now handling membership and membership renewals for the ALSCW.

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