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Writer-in-Residence Program - (Currently on Hiatus)

We’re pleased to partner with The Study Hotels’ Writer-in-Residence program to provide writers with time and space to nurture their creativity and complete works-in-progress. Yale Writers' Workshop will select three writers annually for the seven-day residency in New Haven. Please review the criteria and terms of the residency. 


The residency is open to Yale Writers' Workshop alumni, faculty and writers in the New Haven community. Writers in any of these categories may submit an application that will include a statement of purpose outlining their intended writing project for the residency and short writing sample. A priority will be given to writers completing projects. Writers of all genres are eligible: poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting. One letter of recommendation is required as part of the nomination form. (Recommendation letters from current or former YWW faculty are not required. Recommenders need only be familiar with the candidate’s writing.)

Retreat and Write

The writer selected will have a one-week complimentary stay at the Study Hotel in New Haven. Benefits include:

  • $65 per diem to be used on food and beverages within the property (Heirloom, room service, café). Alcohol excluded.
  • Unlimited complimentary coffee, tea, and water
  • Access to on-site printer
  • Custom Study Hotels seersucker robe with embroidered initials
  • Complimentary access to select museums and theaters
  • Complimentary valet parking

Note: Travel to and from the hotel is not covered.

Terms of Residency

During their residency, writers commit to one event for hotel guests. (Please include event proposal in statement of purpose.) Suggested formats, include, but  are not limited to:

  •  Reading to introduce their work (current or previous)
  •  Hosting a relevant workshop, i.e. “Introduction to Poetry Writing”, “Journal Writing”, “Storytelling Strategies.”)
  •  Q&A with hotel guests (either one-on-one sessions or small group setting)

The winner must also write a short note or message on what “Study” or the “Writer-in-Residence” program means to the author, and allow documentation of residency to be used in Study Hotels marketing materials, for example:

  •  Photography of the writer in various spaces throughout the hotel
  •  Photography/videography of event

The writer must give the Study Hotel access to materials distributed during the event, and donate an autographed recent publication (if applicable) to the hotel’s Living Room library.

Application Form

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Past Writers-in-Residence

Fall 2019: Julie Buntin

Spring 2020: David Allyn