Photo by Arnab Chakladar
Photo by Arnab Chakladar

Residency Dates: 06/23/2019 - 07/13/2019
Application Deadline: Sunday 01/20/2019

* Benjamin Percy is a Pabst Endowed Writer for 2019

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels — most recently, The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) — as well as three books of short stories. His book of craft essays — Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction — is widely taught in creative writing classes.

He currently writes Nightwing for DC Comics and is known for his celebrated runs on Green Arrow, Teen Titans, and James Bond.

His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire, GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, and the Paris Review.

His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

He wrote the audio drama — Wolverine: The Long Night — a ten-episode narrative podcast produced by Marvel and starring Richard Armitage, which is now available for streaming on Stitcher and iTunes.

He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Learn more about him at

Residency Statement

I write novels, short stories, essays, comics, and screenplays. And no matter the medium, I play around in different genres (ranging from literary to horror to sci-fi to crime to fantasy to spandexed superheroes punching each other). My approach to teaching is similarly slipstream. I might supply a passage from Alice Munro alongside a clip from The Untouchables alongside an excerpt from Detective Comics to illustrate how their techniques are the same. One of the things I love about ACA is how it brings people from different artistic disciplines together (so that a sculptor might have dinner and trade ideas with a dancer). I think our group can capture the spirit of the place. Let’s come together as a group, a writers’ room — all of us working on novels or short stories or memoirs or screenplays or even a graphic novel or comic — all of us with different skill sets. And let’s try, through generative exercises and encouraging discussion, to iron out plot points and figure out a character’s motivation and build suspenseful sequences and take our projects to the next level. I don’t care if you’re starting a novel — or you’re halfway through a screenplay — or you’re finished with the first draft of your memoir. Just come ready to write your brains out.

Application Requirements

A ten- to fifteen-page sample of your work. Along with a statement about what you hope to work on during the residency. (.docx, .doc, .pdf)

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance.

For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25 

Click here to Apply!

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