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Applications Open for Thurber House Residency in Children’s Literature

Thurber House is a non-profit literary center, located in the childhood home of author and cartoonist James Thurber. Each year, Thurber House hosts one talented author for a month-long retreat. The resident will have time for his/her own writing projects in addition to devoting up to 10 hours per week teaching writing workshops to children in a community-based program and as part of the Thurber House Summer Writing Camp. 


  • Candidates must have at least one middle grade book published by a traditional trade publishing house, but no more than five and one new middle grade book under contract.
  • Must have experience teaching/working with children

Past Thurber Residents Include:

Deborah Wiles (2001), Kathryn Hewitt (02), Natasha Tarpley (03), Laurie
Miller Hornik (04), Shelley Pearsall (05), Sam Swope (06), Lisa Yee (07), Alan Silberberg (08), Hope Anita Smith (09), and Keith McGowan (10), Alan Gratz (11), Donna Gephart (12), Jane Kelley (13), Kristen Kittscher (14).

The deadline to submit an application is October 31, 2014. After interviewing select candidates, a decision will be announced by early January 2015. 

More information about the program can be found here, and you can download an application here

About James Thurber (1894-1961):

James Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 1894. He is perhaps best known as the author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the creator of several New Yorker magazine cover cartoons, though his work spanned many genres, including short stories, modern commentary, fiction, children’s fantasy and letters.

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