Children's Writer-in-Residence Program
of the Boston Public Library
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Children's Writer-in-Residence Program.
The Children's Writer-in-Residence program is intended to:
- Provide an emerging children’s writer with the financial support and office space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults.
- Encourage the imagination of young readers, and in so doing draw attention to the importance of authors and the essential role they perform in nurturing developing minds and furthering our culture.
- Promote the awareness of the Boston Public Library and its resources, by establishing a living link between Library and the community.
Applications are due May 24, 2013. Projects eligible for this program are fiction, non-fiction, a script, or poetry, intended for children or young adults. Illustrations may be combined with any of these formats, but are not required. The selected applicant will receive a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL's Central Library in Copley Square. The applicant must work a minimum of 19 hours per week at the BPL during the nine-month residency (October 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.) To be eligible, the applicant must be a US citizen and cannot have published more than three books to-date. For further details or to apply, please download and submit the program guidelines and application form (PDF).
Hollis Shore, of Lancaster, MA, is the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s ninth Children's Writer-in-Residence, for the year 2012-2013. She is currently writing Saved – a story about a young artist on a search for the music within. (Read about the program's eight prior residents.)
Upon her selection, Ms. Shore said, “I keep thinking of Claudia and Jamie in From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, running away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But this is better; this is a museum with books. I am filled with joy at the prospect of having the inestimable treasures of the Boston Public Library at my fingertips as I write and research my new novel, Saved. The Children’s Writer-in-Residence Program is unique in the support it offers emerging writers, and it is a great honor to be selected. My undying thanks go out to the Associates of the Boston Public Library for this once in a lifetime opportunity. And I promise not to hide under my desk after closing…”
Ms. Shore earned a B.A. in English at the University of Vermont and a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College. Her first novel, The Curve of the World, a historical story set in a small Vermont town at the end of World War II, won a PEN/New England Discovery award.
Two of the program’s prior residents have recently published books. In March 2012, the Associates’ very first author, Hannah (Rodgers) Barnaby, published the book that she wrote during her BPL residency, Wonder Show. In addition, Anna Staniszewski’s debut novel, My Very UnFairy Tale Life, was published in November 2011, and the sequel, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail, was published in March 2013.
For further information about the Children's Writer-in-Residence Program, the 2012-13 recipient, or about the Associates of the Boston Public Library, please contact the Associates' Office at 617-536-3886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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