About a year and a half ago, just four months after I funded my own residency in France, I attended a month-long writing stint in Česky Krumlov, Czech Republic. While there, I edited my first book project, hiked every day, applied for grad school, and made a lot of great friends. All the reasons I gave for funding your own residency still ring true and they also go for applying to a residency in general. I love residencies so much that I’m headed to one in Arles, France in July and Assisi, Italy in December. My advice – as if you even asked for it, and as if this will surprise you at all – Do whatever you’ve got to do to make it happen.