The Concord Free Public Library Writer-In-Residence (W-I-R) Application

Concord’s literary heritage is an important part of the town’s history, including the work of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Alcotts as well as many distinguished contemporary writers. The Concord Free Public Library’s newly-established W-I-R Program is intended to continue this tradition, offering new ways to celebrate diverse voices and share stories through literary arts programming. 

The W-I-R Program will provide private office space to write in the Library’s newly-renovated historic wing as well as opportunities to connect with our devoted CFPL community. During the 6-month program, the W-I-R will be expected to create an original piece of work as well as conduct writing programs and workshops for the Library community. 

The residency will take place March-August 2023. A stipend of $10,000 will be offered with the expectation that the W-I-R will spend an average of 8 hours a week at the Library for the duration of the 6-month program and will work with the W-I-R committee to develop in-person offerings. Specific times are flexible including night and weekends when the Library is open. 

We welcome applicants outside of the Concord area, but we cannot provide a place to live or transportation. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. 

If you have questions, please contact: Ricky Sirois, Assistant Library Director (rsirois@concordma.gov).

Click here to access the Application Form.