May 25, 2012

Richard Hugo House seeks its next writer-in-residence - deadline June 4

Richard Hugo House is seeking an accomplished author to become the next writer-in-residence at the nonprofit center for writers on Capitol Hill.

Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction and accomplished and dedicated writing teachers with experience working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting and on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional development advice.

Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (i.e. developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in the role of writing as a means of engaging people of all cultures and to celebrate, understand and engage in the complex world around us.

Applications are due by June 4, 2012 to Richard Hugo House, c/o Writer-in-Residence Search Committee, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.  No phone queries please. Questions may be addressed to Brian McGuigan, program director, at

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Duration: September 15, 2012 through June 15, 2013. The term is renewable at the discretion of Richard Hugo House with a two-term limit.

Mentorship: Writers-in-residence hold weekly office hours (180 hours total over nine months per term) where they mentor Hugo House community members by offering criticism on their writing projects and professional development advice about the writing process, finding an agent, publishing and other writerly concerns in a one-on-one setting. Writers-in-residence are responsible for coordinating their own appointments and must maintain a log of appointments for tracking and grant purposes. A private office is provided for meetings and for writers-in-residence to have space to work on their artistic projects.

Community Outreach: Writers-in-residence act as ambassadors of Hugo House and advocates for writing in the community by offering two workshops per term to communities with little access to the arts, giving readings, occasionally hosting or participating in Hugo House events and collaborating with our program staff to produce one event per term.
Teaching: The writer-in-residence teaches a minimum of two six-week classes per calendar year (subject to approval) as part of the Hugo Classes program. The writer will receive separate compensation for teaching.

Compensation: $500 per month stipend for nine months, plus additional compensation for Hugo Classes; a vibrant and growing community of, by and for writers; an opportunity to work with a committed staff in a creative work environment; and receive support and encouragement for artistic projects.

Your Application: Write a cover letter that includes a description of your potential residency; your artistic project; your plans for community outreach; your teaching/mentoring philosophy; and your views about the role of writing in our culture (please limit to 500 words). Please include a writing sample (maximum of 10 pages, double spaced, of prose or no more than 5 poems) and curriculum vitae.

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