Literary Cleveland offers new yearlong residency for local writers

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Aiming to create a new opportunity for writers in Northeast Ohio, Literary Cleveland has launched a new yearlong residency.

The Breakthrough Writing Residency will support six writers working on book-length projects in three categories: fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Writers will work with mentors, get free access to Literary Cleveland programs and will participate in development opportunities, according to a press release. Then, they’ll present their projects at Literary Cleveland’s Inkubator Conference.

The residency program is free and open to Northeast Ohioans.

Writers who haven’t completed an MFA program or published a book, particularly those with limited income or limited access to advanced writing opportunities, are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on Literary Cleveland’s website by June 20, according to a press release. An informational session will take place 7-8 pm on Monday, May 23 on Zoom.

Mentors in the residency program include “Body of Stars” author Laura Maylene Walter, “Rust” author Eliese Colette Goldbach and “Freedom Knows My Name” author, poet Kelly Harris-DeBerry.

The Breakthrough Writing Residency hopes to bring more opportunities to the table for local writers, and, the organization said in a press release, “to develop the next generation of great authors that will change the world.”

“Although MFA programs and other advanced writing opportunities exist in our area, most are out of reach for writers who cannot afford the costs or cannot take the time away from jobs and families,” Literary Cleveland shared in a press release. “Without access to advanced long-term opportunities, these talented writers are less likely to complete and publish books, less likely to have writing careers, and therefore less likely to share their experiences and stories with the world. As a result, we as a culture are missing books from the very people we need to hear from most.”

Find more information about the residency program at

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