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Due to COVID-19, we have postponed our in-person residencies. While we are saddened, of course, to not be able to come together, we have designed in its place an Editorial Residency that awards four creative professionals with a $500 grant.

Our 2021 Editorial Residency is now open for applications, and closes November 30, 2020. See below for more info, and apply over at Submittable.

Our Editorial Residency is a first of its kind: a five-month, $500-grant, 7-session structured experience. We have taken our five years of experience in hosting physical residencies and translated that into a virtual, digital opportunity. We are hopeful that our residents will find rest, inspiration, and urgency from our sessions, conversations, and workshops. While the central thread of this experience is our 7 working sessions, the experience will center around two workshops, with the goal of exposing our residents to a variety of styles and formats, each of which foster honest dialogue while maintaining a comfortable environment for all participants. More info below on the structure and outcome of the program:

Publication: publishing a piece in Issue 13. At the time of your application, you do not need to have written this piece, but you do need to specify what piece you would be working toward, and how you envision it speaking to our topic of “Rebellious Joy.” Once accepted, each Resident will have a call with our Executive Director, Joyce Chen, and possibly other staff members as well, to welcome you to our community and walk you through the editorial process.

Seven Gatherings: partaking in 7 casual & virtual gatherings sprinkled throughout Issue 13 (February to June). These virtual Zoom gatherings will be dinners, afternoon coffee sessions, or morning meetings, and they average 2 hours in length. We will work with our cohort to determine the most conducive format for these restful conversations.

Workshop: Two of the seven sessions will be workshop sessions, where we focus on two of our residents. For those workshop sessions, TSW offers each resident $40 for takeout, so that we can do our small part in “cooking” for our residents by supporting their favorite local restaurants. The other sessions will be topical, so discussing things like craft or process, but also practical, like freelance life, being a teaching artist, applying for grants, etc. The whole goal of our residency programs is to create a space and place for dialogue, collaboration, and exchange.

The Collective Journal: for our inaugural 2020 Editorial Residency, we created what we called “The Collective Journal,” which is an uncurated but collaborative space for our residents to use as as a diary, an archive, a record, a timeline, a prompt, a blank space, or an opportunity to connect with each other outside the organized space of our sessions together.

WHY $500 for each resident? On average, overhead for our residencies is $2,000. Our residencies are free to attend, but residents do have to cover their own travel to and from. Normally, each resident/contributor receives $75 for publication. Given this residency has no operational costs, and that many artist and creative communities have been hit hard by COVID-19, we have decided to provide this stipend, which we feel represents an actionable amount for a professional creative who is in need of financial support and working on a project or manuscript.