The Program

Thank you for your interest in the Writer-in-Residence Program at the Concord Free Public Library. Concord’s literary heritage is an important part of the town’s history, from the works of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Alcotts to those of numerous contemporary authors. The CFPL’s 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 provides private office space (in a newly-renovated area of the building) in which the Resident can write, hold office hours, or attend to other activities within the scope of the residency. The entire library facility - as well as public locations throughout Concord and surrounding communities - are also available as you seek to connect with the 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 from January-June of 2025. A stipend of $10,000 will be offered with the expectation that the W-I-R will create a schedule that meets their own needs as well as those of the library, offering flexibility to create programming and social opportunities for the CFPL community as well as time to create while on site. The W-I-R committee and library staff will be available to assist the Resident with getting accustomed to the area and planning/organizing specific events.


We welcome applicants outside of the Concord area, but at this time cannot provide living accommodations or transportation. Applicants must be at least 18 years old as of the first day of the residency period. This application form will be open for submissions from June 15 to July 15, 2024.

Apply to be Our 2025 Writer-In-Residence

If you have questions, please contact Ricky Sirois, Assistant Library Director.