The deadline to apply to do research for a novel, play, poetry, visual art, dance, or other creative work at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA is coming up on October 5, 2018. American Antiquarian Society Artist Fellowships are fantastic. I had one a couple years ago in support of the historical novel I am working on now, and couldn't believe the depth of their holdings and the generous support of their staff. It was like having a brilliant, helpful research staff and access to incredible holdings. There is a stipend and a housing option as well, complete with a room set up to be accessible for people with mobility disabilities, which is where I stayed.
In 2013/14, I wrote a series of blog posts for the Library as Incubator Project website. They were all about the experience of being Writer in Residence at my local public library, Forbes Library. They were intended to encourage other public libraries to develop writer in residence programs.
The Writer in Residence program at Forbes Library is still going strong.
Here is a link to posts by and about me on the Massachusetts Humanities blog, The Public Humanist. Topics include teaching fiction writing, reading Henry James, fiction as misdirection, and the 18th century theologian as slave-owner.
I'm teaching Fiction Writing 1 at Amherst College in Fall 2017. That is utterly exciting. I love the work of trying to help young writers develop their craft to sustain the work that they are most excited about doing.
I'm also speaking to the wonderful Global Valley Course at Amherst College. The students read my novel, Spider in a Tree as part of a fantastic survey of the history of the Connecticut River Valley.
If you're not an Amherst College student, you can writing with me at the Writing Room on Saturday mornings, 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room on the mezzanine of Forbes Library, which is the public library in Northampton. It's mostly silent writing, with check-ins at the beginning and at 11:45.
I'll be on a panel about writing historical fiction at the Write/Angles Conference , Sunday, November 18 at Mt. Holyoke conference. All are welcome to register.
Finally, in Colorado, I'm excited to have an excerpt from my novel Venus of Chalk being shown alongside a painting by my brother Don Stinson at Draft , at the Parker PACE Arts Center in Parker, Colorado. The ekphrastic show, which puts the work of writers and visual artists in conversation with each other, will be on display in the PACE Center Art Gallery from September 1 to October 31.
Please do check out these events, and there's still time to apply for my Fiction Writing I class if you're an Amherst College Student.
Perhaps at some point I'll bring back old posts from the archives of my previous blog. For now, though, I'm just saying hello. Read More