Creative Writing Residencies for Teens

Posted by on May 12, 2006

[posted from RFP Bulletin]

Surdna Foundation Announces Request for Proposals for Creative Writing Residencies for Teens
Deadline: Rolling

The Surdna Foundation’s (<a href=""></a>) Arts Program is launching a new initiative in support of young creative writers.

The foundation is seeking proposals from Writers’/Artists’ Colonies — artists’ communities that serve creative writers — which have experience with or an interest in working with young people, to develop a summer creative writing retreat program for teens. Participants will reside in the artists’ communities and will be mentored by professional writers of national/international stature. All eligible artists’ communities that have historically welcomed creative writers are encouraged to apply.

Proposed projects must allow for at least twenty teens to be served per year, and all participants must be in residence for no less than two weeks. Mentors/faculty must be accomplished, published writers working in fiction, poetry, and other forms of creative writing, including creative nonfiction. Organizations working in genres outside of creative writing, such as science writing or journalism, are not eligible at this time.

The applicant institution must display readiness and leadership in the program area, and must have a history of, or interest in, working with diverse populations. While Surdna will play a leadership role for initial funding, the institution must have a plan for program sustainability after Surdna funding ends (one to three years). Only organizations with federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status and in operation as an artists’ colony serving creative writers for a minimum of five years may apply.

Grant size will depend on the scope of the project and the size of the organization. Applicants may apply for up to three years. Visit the Surdna Web site for further information and the complete Request for Proposals.

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