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WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

Every year, we partner with Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) to sponsor a week-long retreat at the Washington State home of Lisa Smith and Buzz Bussinger. Residents work on creative writing endeavors undisturbed by the outside world while enjoying the beauty of Willapa Bay. A cocktail hour and reading of the resident’s work are open to the public and scheduled at the AVA Gallery.

ELIGIBILITY

Writers of novels, short stories, literary nonfiction, plays, memoirs, poetry, and screenplays who are from the Pacific Northwest and over the age of 18 are eligible and encouraged to apply!

THE HOSTS

Buzz Bissinger teaches advanced narrative non-fiction at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of various books, including Friday Night Lights, Three Nights in August and A Prayer for the City.

 

Lisa Smith has spent much of her career in public-interest communications, including writing and producing for public television and public radio.  

 

One or both of the hosts will be on hand, for at least a portion of the residency, for socializing in the evenings.

WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY

Details on when to apply and what materials should accompany your application will appear here and be included in our monthly newsletter. We look forward to seeing your work! 

PAST RESIDENTS

2020 

Sarah Buckmaster

 

Deborah Williams


2019

Cecelia Hagen

Andrew Zingg