Milkwood International Writing Residency, Česky Krumlov, Czech Republic

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.

Here’s why.

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Why You Need to Fund Your Own Writing Residency

I’m currently sitting in Lyon, France in a sweet little apartment in the Croix-Rousse neighborhood. It’s as charming as it sounds. Even though I applied for four different residencies all over the world, and was accepted for two and declined one, I still decided to fund my own trip abroad to spend some quality time with my book. It had nothing to do with a revolt against the system or a declaration that I can do things better on my own. My decision came from an answer to a question that I asked myself when I sent off all of the applications in the first place – What if I don’t get into a single one? The answer – I’ll go anyway.

So I have. Here’s why you should fund your own residency too.

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