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Writer in residence opportunity at the James Merrill House

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Article by ERMurray © 25 October 2019.
Posted in Guest Blogs ().

Application deadline: 8th January 2020

Stonington, Connecticut, is an old Portuguese fishing village with a lot of historic points. It is situated between New York and Boston and from the point of the borough you can see Rhode Island.

James Merrill was a Pulitzer prize (1977) winning poet who lived and wrote in Stonington at 107 Water Street. The house is now a designated historic landmark.

Applications are now open for writer residencies at this beautiful and historic location.

The writer in residence stays in the Jackson apartment (named after James Merrill’s partner, David Jackson) which is located directly across the hall from Merrill’s apartment on the 3rd floor. It is a charming living space with living/dining area, galley kitchen, bedroom and study. The writer in residence also has full daily access to James Merrill’s apartment in order to work, read and gain inspiration, with its gorgeous and eccentric decor – the apartment has been maintained as it was during Merrill’s lifetime, with wonderful views across the water (AND it includes access his private library with a secret door).

The house is usually occupied by just one writer at a time for stays of one month in Autumn and Winter, or 3 months during Spring and Summer.

Writers are supported by the James Merrill House committee – local residents ensure that the writer is well supported during their residency. The writer is included in local events, food evenings, sight seeing – as little or as much as desired. There is also a monthly stipend for the residency.

There’s not one writer who has been disappointed by the experience. The writers find the time to be productive and are always sad when they have to leave. And all feel very welcomed by the community.” Sarah Dove, Committee Member.

Writer in residence opportunity at the James Merrill House CT. International applications welcome! Find our more here and apply here.


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com