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Apply for 2024-25 UNCA Wilma Dykeman Writer-in-Residence

Utilities, property maintenance and Wi-Fi are all provided by UNC Asheville, as well as a stipend of $4,000.

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Applications for 2024-25 Residency Now Open

Recipients of the residency spend two consecutive months in the peaceful, quiet comfort of the Dykeman home, located in a wooded neighborhood close to both UNC Asheville’s campus and downtown Asheville. Writers-in-Residence are expected to collaborate with the University to engage with campus and surrounding communities.

Utilities, property maintenance and Wi-Fi are all provided by UNC Asheville, as well as a stipend of $4,000 to cover transportation costs, food and other incidentals. 

This residency offers one recipient two consecutive months between August 1 and November 15, 2024, or between January 15 and April 30, 2025. The successful applicant will consult with UNC Asheville to determine the exact dates of their residency.

In the spirit of Dykeman’s work and legacy, the Program welcomes applications from writers whose work demonstrates a commitment to at least one of the following: social, racial, gender, and/or environmental issues. Writers of all genres are invited to apply. 

To apply, email the following as PDF attachments to wir@unca.edu with the subject line: Dykeman WIR 2024-25 Application.

  • A cover letter describing your current project, how it reflects the themes of the program, and how the residency would aid you in its progress
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • a 10-20 page writing sample
  • two professional references.

All applications must be submitted on or before December 15, 2023, and the recipient will be announced no later than February 1, 2024 via a joint press release distributed by UNC Asheville and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy. 

For more information on the residency, visit https://wir.unca.edu/residency/

For more information about Wilma Dykeman, please visit the Wilma Dykeman Legacy website.