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Get Thee to a Writing Residency

Residency programs offer dedicated time and space to help you level up your writing. Here’s how to apply.


Prioritize programs that meet your needs.

Make sure the program is equipped to evaluate your work. 

Follow **aaalllll** the instructions. 

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Keep your contact info up-to-date. 

Your writing sample really is the most important part of your application.

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If—and only if—your writing sample is reviewed favorably, the rest of your application comes into play.

When it comes to your availability, consider the “off season.” 

Don’t let letters of recommendation intimidate you. 

Be specific in your personal statements and project descriptions. 

Use your CV to highlight your creative accomplishments, but don’t fret if you don’t have many yet. 

Maria Robinson’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Forge Literary Magazine, New World Writing, PANK, the Bellevue Literary Review, the Cream City Review, and Identity Theory, among others. She’s attended the Bread Loaf and Tin House writers conferences, done graduate work at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation. She’s currently working on a novel.