Friday, June 21, 2013

A Summer Place for Writers

Happy summer — now that it’s here, check out these writers’ spaces in the New York and New England region.

Get away and write
The Center for Fiction — New York, NY: The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. Located on East 47th Street, the center features workspaces, grants and classes to support emerging writers.

Grub Street — Boston, MA: Grub Street is the second-largest independent center for creative writing in the U.S. The community offers classes and services for writers at all stages of development, and information throughout the writing process of inspiration to publication and promotion.

James Merrill House — Stonington, CT: The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program offers one four-and-a-half-month residency between mid-January and the end of May, and three or four shorter residencies of two to six weeks from Labor Day to mid-January. The fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in need of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.

Paragraph — New York, NY: Paragraph is a membership organization that provides an affordable and tranquil work environment for writers of all genres. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Paragraph was created by writers for writers, to provide writers with a quiet, comfortable space.

The Writers Room — New York, NY: The Writers Room provides over 200 writers with a quiet, affordable place to work. In addition to a workspace, the Writers Room offers a reference and research library for members, seminars and workshops, readings of members’ works and a sense of community.

Writers' Room of Boston — Boston, MA: This nonprofit organization is committed to supporting the creation of new literature by providing a secure, affordable workspace and an engaged community for emerging and established writers.

For a comprehensive look at residencies of all types, visit Mesart.

Happy writing and vacationing!  Adele Annesi is an award-winning writer, editor and instructor. Visit her at Adele Annesi.