2023 “Granada Writers in Residence” Programme

Granada UNESCO City of Literature, which depends on Granada City Council’s Department for the Arts, in partnership with the University of Granada (through its University Extension Unit, International Development Unit, and Social Responsibility, Equality and Inclusion Unit), is launching a new international Granada Writers in Residence Programme. The purpose of this programme is to strengthen international partnerships in the arts sector in general and in the field of writing in particular, which is one of the main objectives set by the city of Granada as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

What does the programme aim to achieve?

Granada UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada are setting up this programme to foster contacts and forge bonds between writers from Granada and those from other cities and countries all over the world, to extend the international reach of Granada-based writers, to build international awareness of the cultural fabric of the city of Granada, and to promote Granada as a city of the arts that welcomes talent from abroad with open arms.

Who is the programme for?

The Granada Writers in Residence Programme is targeted at writers residing in any country in whichever language they write.

What are we offering?

A month’s stay (30 nights) in Granada for two writers, between November 3 and December 2, 2023, at the Corrala de Santiago of the University of Granada.

Granada UNESCO City of Literature will cover the travelling expenses of each of the writers selected.

The University of Granada will arrange and cover the costs of accommodation for the two writers. Each will have their own room with full board at the university’s hall of residence for visitors (Corrala de Santiago).

Granada UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada will provide the writers in residence with opportunities to participate in the city’s literary life, arranging contacts with local writers, involvement in workshops, teaching activities, and so on.

Corrala de Santiago

Corrala de Santiago

Corrala de Santiago is a unique example of the popular architecture of the XVI century in Granada. Located in the historic quarter of El Realejo, its structure consists of a rectangular courtyard with a superior balcony housing the dwellings. Owned by the University since 1991, this building was restored to become a temporary residence for teachers and pupils and a cultural centre where many activities have taken place during the last years (exhibitions, theatre, concerts, cinema, conferences, etc.).

What do we expect in return?

The writers in residence will undertake to participate in public activities related to the local literary system, as proposed by the programme’s organisers, as well as will devote the time of the residency to carry out their literary project, and agree not to get involved in other public activities with other institutions or in other cities without prior notification to those responsible for the Programme. Likewise, they will commit themselves to publicly disseminate (on social networks, etc.) their stay as international writers-in-residence in Granada. 

Selection criteria

-Having published at least two books (prose fiction, essays, poetry, etc.), excluding self-publishing.

-Completing the attached application form (open with Adobe Acrobat):

-Intermediate to high level of language skills in English or Spanish.

-Synopsis of the literary project that you would like to work on during your stay in Granada.

The following, while optional, will also be positively valued:

-Knowledge of Spanish language

-Cultural and historical interest in the city of Granada.

-An extract (1500–3000 words) from one of your books, in Spanish or English.

-Letter(s) of recommendation.

Selection committee

The writers will be selected by a panel of experts chosen by UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada.

Submissions and deadlines

Completed application forms should be submitted by email to the contact person in the offices of Granada UNESCO City of Literature, Carmen Casares, carmen@granadaciudaddeliteratura.com by no later than May 31, 2023.

The names of the two successful applicants will be announced on June 27, 2023, on the Granada UNESCO City of Literature website (www.granadaciudaddeliteratura.com).

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