Writing Residency

The Mount Flower Garden


The Edith Wharton & Straw Dog Writers Guild Writers-in-Residence Program 2024

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s former home in Lenox, Massachusetts, in partnership with Straw Dog Writers Guild, offers one-week residencies during March for nine emerging writers, three writers each for three weeks (poets, fiction, creative non-fiction writers, screen-or playwrights). Selected writers will receive a $500 stipend, workspaces at The Mount, and lodging at the neighboring Inn.

The Mount Wharton's Boudoir

Week 1: Sunday, March 3 to Saturday, March 9, 2024
Week 2: Sunday, March 10 to Saturday, March 16, 2024
Week 3: Sunday, March 17 to Saturday, March 23, 2024

Residents will work at The Mount in Lenox, MA.

Application Fee:
Fee waived for members of The Mount and Straw Dog Writers Guild, or for financial hardship

Important Dates:
Application opens September 1, 2023
Application deadline October 1, 2023
Finalists announced on November 17, 2023
Residents announced on December 15, 2023

Questions? Contact: Patricia Pin, Public Programs Director ppin@edithwharton.org or 413-551-5110
Application opens September 1, 2023. Click HERE for details.


The Mount Italian GardentAbout The Mount:

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center dedicated to the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton (1862-1937), one of America’s greatest authors. Wharton wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Age of Innocence.

The Mount presents Wharton’s life and achievements through tours of her house and gardens, and programming. The Mount is the literary hub of the Berkshires and hosts lectures and panels by national authors and scholars both on-site and online. Seasonal cultural offerings on property include an annual outdoor sculpture show, music, and dance.

The Mount Library“The Mount was conceived as a private retreat by a writer on the verge of her literary ascent; in the 21st century, what better way to share Edith Wharton’s home and legacy than with an organization of writers devoted to supporting emerging voices,” says Patricia Pin, public program director at The Mount.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information, visit EdithWharton.org

About Straw Dog Writers Guild:
The mission of Straw Dog Writers Guild is to unite and inspire writers throughout their diverse communities. A membership organization set in Western Massachusetts, it is open to writers of all genres and levels of expertise, no matter where they reside. Straw Dog Writers Guild supports writers virtually and in-person through craft workshops, open mics, on-line writing opportunities, social gatherings, authors’ showcases, networking, writing residencies, high school scholarships, an Emerging Writers Fellowship, and more. All are welcome.


Funding the Residency Program

Our generous anonymous donor, who funded our previous Patchwork Farm residencies, has committed to supporting this new collaboration with The Mount for the next three years. You too can be part of this new initiative by underwriting the residencies. Please donate HERE.