Annual North Coast Writer's Residency announced


March 23, 2023

The Writer’s Guild of Astoria and Astoria Visual Arts have announced the 2023 North Coast Writer’s Residency. Now in its fifth year, this jointly sponsored residency affords both established and emerging writers the time, space, and solitude needed to work uninterrupted on a project of their choosing. Submissions will be accepted by email starting March 15, 2023.

One selected writer-in-residence will have the opportunity to spend one week in meaningful pursuit of creative work. The residency provides time and space in an idyllic setting to make substantial progress on a significant writing project. Writers of novels, short stories, nonfiction, plays, memoir, poetry, screenplays, and hybrid manuscripts will be considered.

The week of the residency will be determined by the program hosts and chosen writer. Lodging and a stipend of $250 are provided. A reception and public reading will be held at the end of the residency at the Astoria Visual Arts Gallery. Residents are expected to arrange for their round-trip transportation and meals.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2023. Applications consist of (1) a one-page cover letter describing your experience and interests as a writer, your connection with the Pacific Northwest, and what you hope to accomplish during your residency; (2) a one-page description of your writing project, its scope, and current state; (3) a 5-page writing sample, and (4) a resume or CV, including any publications, if applicable.

Email complete application packet to:

The North Coast Writer’s Residency began in 2019 with generous support from Buzz Bissinger and Lisa Smith. Bissinger teaches advanced narrative non-fiction at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of various books, including Friday Night Lights and The Mosquito Bowl. Smith has spent much of her career in public-interest communications, including writing and producing for public television and public radio.


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