Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two Opportunities for Washington State Writers

Here are two cool opportunities for poets, fiction writers, non-fiction writers and writers of hybrid forms. In the interest of full disclosure, I am involved as a presenter and curator for these organizations, respectively. As a former Jack Straw Writer and as someone who teaches and helped form the poetry portion of the Edge Program, I can attest to the high quality of both of these groups. In fact, I marvel at how helpful these organizations can be to writers at all points in their careers. Why not see if these programs are for you or for someone you know?

Artist Trust Edge Program for Writers

What is it?

the EDGE Professional Development Program is a comprehensive survey of professional arts practices offered through a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, specialized presentations, panel discussions and assignments. The EDGE Program provides artists with the relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals and the opportunity to build community through peer support and exchange.

Click here for download-able, fill-in-able application. After completing it, print it and either hand deliver or mail it with your supporting materials.

Postmark deadline: Monday, December 6, 2010

Jack Straw Writers Program

What is it?

The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to encourage the creation of new literary work; and to provide new venues for the writer and their work. The program was created in 1997, and each year a single curator selects 12 writers/writing teams out of dozens of applicants based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers. Twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator each to participate. The program features voice and presentation training, in-studio interviews, public readings, a published anthology, and internet podcasts. All live readings are recorded, and selected portions are produced for podcasts and radio broadcast.

Click here for a downloadable application. 

Deadline November 1, 2010 (Hurry!)


  1. I will indeed share this with a Washington state writer I know, who has just published his first novel. Thank you!

  2. Thanks, Kathleen! Both programs would be wonderful for him -- One has a focus more on the nuts and bolts of being a writer and the other is more focused on creation of new work and broadcast.

  3. Thanks Susan. I'm always so afraid to apply to these opportunities. This was a very welcoming invitation.

  4. Debby, no reason to be afraid! These are programs that are wanting you to apply!