Writer in Residence Program

The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program offers several residencies.

In recognition of Merrill’s own contributions to the Stonington community and his longstanding generosity to fellow writers, the fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.

We offer one 4-1/2 month residency between mid-January and the end of May, and three or four shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks during the months between Labor Day and mid-January.

The current application period for residencies runs from October 1, 2018 and ends January 15, 2019.

Note: Due to planned renovations at 107 Water Street, residencies are not available in Fall 2019 and we will offer instead several 2 to 6-week residencies in Spring 2020.

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The Merrill House Committee works to preserve James Merrill’s residence

in Stonington CT as a tribute to him and a cultural asset to the local community. In this spirit, the Committee wishes writers-in-residence to be enriched by and also to enrich the community of Stonington.

We ask residents to present a reading of their work during their time here.

We can also assist in arranging workshops, school appearances, or other literary activities in the community.

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In the past, this has included workshops for interested members of the community:

Small discussion groups, a class at a local school, and reading by guest writers of the fellow’s choosing. We encourage applicants to devise their own contributions as imaginatively as they are inclined.

The Merrill House Committee has adjusted the fall residency periods to include three or four shorter residencies. These 2-6 week residencies are an effort to make the James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program available to a greater number of qualified candidates.

The specific dates of these brief residencies will be determined according to the needs of the Merrill House Committee and the applicants. The Writer-in-Residence program includes a stipend of $1,000 per month, pro-rated according to length of stay.

Merrill House Writers

Current Writer

Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, The Friend. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Threepenny Review, and Harper’s.

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Future Writers

Learn about the writers who will be spending residency with us in the upcoming months.

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Past Writers

Find information and selected works of the Merrill House’s past fellows.

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