The Library Foundation’s Writer-in-Residence serves as the Library’s literary ambassador to the community. The goal of the Writer-in-Residence program is to foster engagement between the Library and the community’s writers and readers by providing instruction on the craft of writing, both online and in-person. The Writer-in-Residence also serves as the Library’s representative in the local literary arts scene.
During the residency period, the Writer-in-Residence is required to:
- Conduct a minimum of four public writing workshops at a Library location
- Hold monthly programs (12) at a Library location or virtually, through office hours or other engagement opportunities
- Connect with the community online via nine pieces of content, in some combination of: video, blog post, newsletter article/interview
- Host a monthly podcast
- Host, appear or speak at other Library and community events and participate in Library promotions, as needed
- Complete a written work that can be shared at the end of the residency
The successful candidate is:
- A resident in southwest Ohio (priority given to Hamilton County residents)
- Is at least 18 years of age
- Is actively engaged in the local literary arts community
- Possesses a record of past achievements, strong artistic merit, and a commitment towards advancing the literary arts
- Has experience teaching writing or conducting writing workshops
- Any writer may apply, but priority is given to writers in the following genres:
- Narrative non-fiction, including history, biography, and memoirs
- Children's literature
- YA literature
- Graphic novels
The selected Writer-in-Residence candidate receives:
- $10,000 stipend
- Promotion and exposure as the selected Library Foundation Writer-in-Residence
- The application window to be the 2024 Writer-in-Residence has closed. Check our Writer-in-Residence webpage for more information.
- Selected candidates will be invited to submit the full application, including:
- Résumé or CV
- Three recent writing samples, limited to two pages each (no less than 12 pt. font)
- Description of the written work that you will develop during the residency, not to exceed one page
- Three potential topics for writing workshops
- Three references who can provide letters of recommendation, if requested. The references should be able to speak to your work as a writer.
- Finalists are invited to participate in an in-person interview, during the weeks of September 25 - October 5, 2023.
Questions about the Writer-in-Residence program or the application process may be directed to the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library's Popular Library Department.