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Residency Dates: 05/14/2017 - 06/03/2017
Application Deadline: Sunday 12/04/2016

Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, Threepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Believer, and Conjunctions. Her honors and awards include four Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature. She has taught most recently at Princeton, Columbia, and Boston University and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Baruch (CUNY), Vassar, and the University of California at Irvine, among others. She has also been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and of several other writers’ conferences across the country. Learn more at

Residency Statement

I am interested in prose writing by hard-working writers in any genre, including (but in no way limited to) hybrid work that blends fiction with elements of nonfiction such as autobiography, travelogue, journal, et cetera. I am eager to work with writers dedicated to producing work in which as much attention is given to language—word choice and the form and arrangement of sentences—as it is to theme and story. During group meetings, participants who wish to do so may share work in progress and everyone should expect to engage in serious and focused discussions about various aspects of the craft of writing. Each writer has the opportunity to schedule an individual conference with me at any point during the residency.

Application Requirements:

  1. A brief bio or CV. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  2. A letter of intent describing what you’ve been writing recently and what you expect to accomplish during the residency. Your letter should include the titles of two or three works that you consider models for what you’ll be working on; or, more generally, name two or three writers whose work has significantly influenced or inspired you. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  3. A work sample of ten double-spaced pages of prose in the genre in which you plan to work during the residency. (.doc, .docx, .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 

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