“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” — Vivian Greene

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is offering a fellowship to help a writer of children’s or young adult (YA) literature. A two-week, all expenses paid residency will allow the recipient to focus entirely on their work. Candidates should be working on a picture book or chapter book that provides inspiration and hope for those struggling with the hardships and challenges that life often metes out.

The issue the work addresses may include (but is not limited to):

  • Discrimination based on race, religion, class, gender, or sexual orientation
  • Bullying, cyberbullying, fairness, human rights
  • Homelessness, poverty, immigration
  • Social responsibility, getting along, fairness
  • Divorce, blended families
  • Fear or anxiety due to attacks on schools, gun violence, war, abuse, unsafe living conditions, COVID-19
  • Environment: nature, recycling, climate-related disasters

Each writer-in-residence has a private suite with writing space, private bath, and wireless internet. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week served in our community dining room, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch.

Fellowship applications must be accompanied by a writing sample, and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Deadline is midnight on Monday, July 6, 2020. The winner will be announced no later than July 31, 2020. Residency must be completed by December 31, 2021. For an application form, visit writerscolony.org/fellowships.

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow would like to thank Board President Peggy Kjelgaard for generously funding this fellowship. For more information about funding a fellowship supporting the genre and/or area of interest you are passionate about, visit writerscolony.org/sponsor-a-fellowship.