2022 Emerging WRITERS Residency

Kristen Millares Young working on her manuscript at The Port Townsend Writers Conference

Emerging: to rise, to gain in attention, to become apparent or emergent

Emerging Writers Residency runs alongside the Emerging Artist Residency and offers four (4) emerging writers the opportunity to deepen their commitment to their work during a fully funded four-week residency. The Emerging Writers Residency was created in order to support and lift burgeoning writers of the diverse Pacific Northwest, particularly those whose work takes risks, is experimental, reveals unexpected truths about the human experience, and represents under-recognized narrative forms. Jurors representing major literary institutions and community-rooted writing practices select emerging writers, defined as writers that have already begun the journey of seeking to establish their writing career, writers who are on the cusp of leveling up their practices and visibility. The program also aims to bring equity to historically under-supported identities and backgrounds.

Applications are now closed.

See our 2022 Emerging Artist and Writer Cohort announcement here.

Who it’s for:

  • Writers who can demonstrate their intention to work on a committed project

  • Writers who seek time and focus to further develop their intended project

  • Writers residing in the Pacific Northwest, defined as Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia

  • Writers who have some publication, academic, or prior experience sharing their work, but who are still “emerging” into a full-time career and have yet to receive regional or national visibility

  • Writers pushing the definitions of their craft, revisiting traditional practices through contemporary lenses, and/or relating to contemporary issues and ideas

When it happens:

  • October 1-31 2022

What it provides:

  • Stipend of $1,500 for meal and travel reimbursement

  • Lodging & Writing space

  • A minimum of two gatherings with fellow artists and writers from EWR and EAR

  • Time to conduct self-directed projects

  • Access to 400+ acres of forest and beach with historical bunkers and cabins in Fort Worden State Park

  • Opportunities to share work with local community via Readings or appropriate virtual event

What artists provide:

  • Travel costs*

  • Meals and Supplies

  • Proof of up-to-date COVID vaccination

  • Video & audio interviews for Centrum’s podcast and supporting archives

*with the exception of Canadian J-1 visa costs, which Centrum covers

What the process is:

  • Open Call plus opportunity for PTWC alums to nominate candidates to apply

  • Applications through Submittable Portal @centrum.org. (No fee)

  • Two jurors are selected each year to review applications through Submittable and through two review sessions.

  • Four writers and two alternates are selected via consensus from the jury panel

  • Application Deadline: March 31st

  • Artists notified: First week of May