Al Purdy A-frame - Applications Open for 2018!

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is now accepting applications for the 2018 season. As a past resident I can say it's well, well, worth it - it was the best, most affirming and inspiring, thing I've done as a writer. And they were incredibly accommodating for a writer with a family, to boot - so writers with families, don't feel discouraged.

The residencies will be slightly different in 2018 - chiefly, a change from month(s)-long stays, to week(s)-long. Hopefully that flexibility will allow more people to make it out there, without having to pack up their entire lives. From the call:

Travel to Ameliasburgh will be paid. Those awarded the residency will be given a stipend of $650 dollars ($500 honorarium and $150 travel) a week[1] while living in the A-frame, and will be free to spend their time on their writing. Residents will be expected to participate in one public event for each month of their stay—the event could be a reading, lecture, workshop, an event in a local school or some other literary activity—and to consider other reasonable requests. These events will take place in one of the larger communities nearby, Picton, Belleville, Kingston. As well there is an event at the Town Hall in Ameliasburgh each April to coincide with National Poetry Month and National Al Purdy Day, April 21. All this will be organized in collaboration with the Prince Edward County Arts Council, and a dedicated group in Ameliasburgh and the local area. Residents will be offered a temporary library card for the excellent library at Queen’s University in Kingston, where many of Al Purdy’s papers are held. Those awarded a residency will be asked to donate at least one copy of one of their books to the Residency Library. Writers in residence will also be encouraged to make themselves known at the Purdy Library in Ameliasburgh and to donate a book. They may also wish to discuss with the local liaison the possibility of working with local schools.

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is now accepting applications for residencies. Effective spring 2017 the residency program is switching from monthly to weekly. The current Call is for residencies from April 14, 2018 to June 30, 2018.

Applications will be accepted until October 21st. You can read the full guidelines here.

If you're thinking about it, do it!

The A-frame during a Purdy Party

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