August 2, 2021

Jan Michalski Foundation: a writing residency program open to all

The residences are open to all types of writing. While writers and translators are given priority, composers, performers, musicians and artists from other disciplines where writing is at the center of their project can also apply. Residences can be held in two weeks or six months and the length of stay must correspond to the needs of the project.

To apply, candidates must attach to their applications: a curriculum vitae, a description of the project, an extract of the work carried out. The application files are sent via a form accessible online. And, the files must be written in English or French.

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the project, the adequacy between the project and the length of stay requested as well as on the candidate’s career path. For budding artists, they will be selected on the basis of the quality of their project and the motivation that they will put forward in their file. Successful applications will be notified in November 2020 and the reception of the first residents will take place from February 2021.

To welcome the participants, the Jan Michalski Foundation has set up six residence huts and another which serves as a kitchen, communal living and relaxation space for the residents. Regarding the terms of support, residents will be allocated, among other things, individual accommodation in one of the seven cabins for the time necessary to complete their writing project, a flat-rate allowance of CHF 1,200 ( around 1,300 USD) per month, free access to the Foundation library during the day …

Note that the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature was created in 2004 in Montricher, Switzerland, by Vera Michalski-Hoffmann in memory of her husband, in order to perpetuate their common commitment to the actors of writing. Its mission is to promote literary creation and encourage the practice of reading through various actions and activities, including the organization of exhibitions and cultural events related to writing and literature, the a large multilingual library available to the public, the award of an annual world literature prize, the granting of financial support and the hosting of writers in residence.