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.

Apply for a Residency

Applications for the Writer-in-Residence Program are currently closed. We wish to thank all who applied for the 2019-2020 residency period. Those interested in applying for 2020-2021 should check this website for guidelines when our submission period reopens in October 2019.

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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 Writers

James Longenbach & Joanna Scott

James Longenbach is the author of five books of poems, most recently Earthling, a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest book of criticism, How Poems Get Made, will be out in fall 2018, and his poems and essays appear regularly in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The New York Times Book Review.

Joanna Scott is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Various Antidotes: Stories and Arrogance, both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and the critically acclaimed Make Believe, Tourmaline, Liberation, and Follow Me.

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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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