Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence
Applications for 2014 Writer-in-Residence now being accepted. Deadline extended to November 1, 2013. Please have your applications postmarked by that date.
It was the desire of Mrs. Lilian Sandburg, when her family's North Carolina home became a unit of the National Park Service in 1968, that Connemara continue to be a place of inspiration for future generations of writers. With the support of the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara her idea was first implemented in 2010.
This program offers writers an opportunity to live and work at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The three-week residency commences during March. Housing is offered in an historic cottage near the Sandburg Home, with a studio and stipend provided.
As part of the program, writers will participate in three public programs, the first a welcome reception in their honor which includes a brief presentation describing their work. The second will be an outreach program to an audience of the writer's choice. Writers will also attend the Student Poetry Contest reception honoring young writers in the region. Writers will also donate an original piece of their work to the park's permanent museum collection, writer's will retain a license to publish and use the works for their own purposes.
This program is made possible through support from the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.
Did You Know?
This office, tucked into the southwest corner of his Connemara home, receives very little sunlight until well into the morning. This is the way Mr. Sandburg preferred it. He produced many pieces of work in this office, including the one-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln from his six-volume set.