2022 North Coast Writer’s Residency Application Deadline


April 15, 2022    
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The Writer’s Guild of Astoria and Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) are delighted to announce the 2022 North Coast Writer’s Residency. Now in its fourth year, this jointly sponsored residency affords both emerging and established writers the time, space, and solitude needed to work uninterrupted on a project of their choosing.

DETAILS: The selected writer-in-residence will have the opportunity to spend one week in meaningful pursuit of creative work in a lovely cottage located on Washington’s magnificent Willapa Bay. The residency provides writing time and space in an idyllic setting to make substantial progress on a significant writing project. Writers of novels, short stories, nonfiction, plays, memoir, poetry, screenplays, and hybrid manuscripts will be considered.

The week of the residency will be determined by the program hosts and chosen writer. Lodging, daily lunches, and a stipend of $250 are provided. A reception and public reading will be held at the end of the residency at the AVA gallery in Astoria.


Applications are due by April 15, 2022. Applications consist of (1) a one-page cover letter describing your experience and interests as a writer, your connection with the Pacific Northwest, and what you hope to accomplish during your residency; (2) a one-page description of your writing project, its scope, and current state; (3) a 5-page writing sample; and (4) a resume or CV, including any publications if applicable. Send complete applications to info@thewritersguild.org. A suggested donation of $10 per applicant can be made via https://www.thewritersguild.org/.

ABOUT THE HOSTS: Lisa Smith and Buzz Bissinger

Buzz teaches advanced narrative non-fiction at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of various books, including Friday Night Lights, Three Nights in August, and A Prayer for the City. Lisa has spent much of her career in public-interest communications, including writing and producing for public television and public radio. One or both hosts will be on hand, for at least a portion of the residency, for socializing in the evenings.

Note: Residents are expected to arrange for their round-trip transportation.