The Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency was created to provide writer’s with the time and space to create. Each April, September and October writers of various genres convene in a former inn on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. It is our hope that this magical setting will inspire wonderful writing.
The Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency is held at The Point Way, a former inn that now, thanks to Claudia Miller, a painter and philanthropist, is home to artists, writers, dancers, filmmakers and others engaged in creative pursuits. It is Ms. Miller’s belief that artists sharing their ideas and work leads to positive change in the world. She has generously donated The Point Way for creative individuals to gather and share.
Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency, Justen Ahren approached Ms. Miller with the idea of dedicating part of the year to fostering the works of writers. Mr. Ahren, a poet, wanted to bring off-island writers to Martha’s Vineyard in order to facilitate a larger writing community.
To this end, weekly potlucks, reading and events are scheduled during the residency. These informal gatherings are a time to share ideas and creative experiences and get to know one another.
Aside from these events, residents are free to work when and as they want during their stay. There are no requirements to be fulfilled. We expect, however, that writer’s-in-residence be professional, and that each is here to work. That said, there is no hand holding. This is not a workshop. The Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency seeks professional, motivated writers who feel an urgency about their writing and who, away from the commitments of daily life, will utilize their time well.