France: Introducing The Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Program

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the death of James Baldwin, the France-based nonprofit association Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin announces plans to award to an emerging writer a one-month fellowship in Saint-Paul de Vence, the village on the Cote d’Azur where for 17 years Baldwin made his home.

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The first Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence will be offered a house in the village center for the month of April 2018. The property, which is home to our Welcome Center, features a 3rd-floor bedroom suite with a sunny terrace overlooking the tiled roofs of the village and the valley beyond. The resident writer will also be provided a private writing studio and a full kitchen, stocked and replenished for breakfast. Daily lunch or dinner will be offered to the resident writer through partnerships with local restaurants and host families. The award does not cover travel expenses to and from Saint Paul.

Eligible to apply are emerging writers in English of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry and theater, the genres in which Baldwin worked. For our purposes, emerging writers are defined as those with a solid history of publication or literary recognition but with no more than one published book or theatrical production. The resident will be selected by an independent panel of established authors, who will look especially for writers working in the spirit of James Baldwin.

During their stay, the selected writer-in-residence will be asked to contribute to the literary culture of Saint Paul de Vence by offering a community event. This may include giving a reading, teaching a workshop, or designing some other creative public program. He or she is also asked to volunteer one afternoon per week greeting the public in our Welcome Center.

The deadline for applications is January 15,  2018; a decision will be announced by February 15, 2018. The 30-day residency period is flexible from late March through early May. To apply, writers are invited to send a cover letter that includes a bio, a statement about their current project and their preferred residency dates, together with 10 to 20 pages of their work, to residency@lamaisonbaldwin.fr.

Those interested in helping cover the expenses of this writer in residence program may do so by making a donation to Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin.

 Via Patricia Jones Spears

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