Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program

Did you know that the Boston Public Library hosts a writer-in-residence program for children's or young adult authors to develop their craft while working out of the BPL in Copley and receiving a stipend to do so? Begun in 2004 and overseen by the Associates of the Boston Public Library, the Writer-in-Residence program serves 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; and promote the awareness of the Boston Public Library and its resources, by establishing a living link between Library and the community." This year's Writer-in-Residence is Lisa Rosinsky, who will be working on her YA novel Robin & Mariana. You can read more about the program and her work here.

Interested in applying? Here's the info you need to know:

The 2017–18 application and guidelines will be posted in early 2017. The selected writer will receive a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL's Central Library in Copley Square. He or she must work a minimum of 19 hours per week at the BPL during the nine-month residency (September through May). Projects eligible for this program are fiction, non-fiction, a script, or poetry, intended for children or young adults. To be eligible, the applicant must be a US citizen and cannot have published more than three books to date.