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Hear a message about upcoming special events from Faculty Director Al Filreis.

9-day writer's residency—apply before 12/1/18


March 2 through March 10, 2018 (Penn’s spring break)
Buzz Bissinger and Lisa Smith, in collaboration with the Kelly Writers House, are sponsoring a writer’s residency at their guest cottage on the Long Beach Peninsula in the southwest corner of Washington State. Recipients of the Clearman Cottage Residency will reside at a fully appointed cottage (with kitchen, room to write, wifi connection, etc.) on magnificent Willapa Bay, minutes from the Pacific Ocean. The residency provides young writers with continuous writing time and space in an idyllic setting in order that they may make substantial progress on a significant writing project—a novel, short stories, literary nonfiction, journalism, play, memoir, screenplay, song lyrics, etc.
Domestic round-trip airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and a stipend for meals are provided.


Applications are due December 1, 2018. The application consists of (1) a cover letter not to exceed two pages describing your experience and interests as a writer, your affiliation with the Kelly Writers House and/or one of Penn’s writing programs, and what you hope to accomplish through the Clearman Cottage Residency; (2) a one-page description of your writing project, its scope, its likely state as of the start of the residency; (3) a short (1-5 page) writing sample, and (4) a resume, including a list of all writing courses taken at Penn (with names of instructors). Please submit application materials via email to RJ Bernocco.
You are eligible to apply if you are a currently matriculated undergraduate at Penn.

ModPo opens on 9/8/18 (ten week free course on poetry)

Since 2012 KWH has hosted a free, open, online course on modern & contemporary U.S. poetry called "ModPo." Yes, it's free (like everything else at KWH). Yes, it's truly open to all. Some 180,000 people have participated in these past six years. The new ModPo season starts on September 8. To enroll go here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/modpo . If you have questions, contact us at modpo@writing.upenn.edu.


Monday: 10 AM – 11 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 11 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 11 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: noon – 5 PM
Sunday: 6 PM – 11 PM