Up in the attic of a Victorian home in Oak Park, a young Ernest Hemingway played with his siblings, telling them stories, dreaming of a life of adventure. This summer, the dream that came to life for him will come to life for another writer, chosen as The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park’s Writer in Residence.
The Oak Park-based Foundation, which owns the home where Hemingway was born, is seeking applicants for a year-long program designed to give writers what they most need in order to create great work: space and inspiration.
The attic of the Hemingway Birthplace Home is being transformed from a dusty storage space to the place where a great novel, epic poem, evocative short story or groundbreaking journalism project will be created. The writer chosen by the Foundation will work in a newly redesigned office, outfitted as a safari writing retreat by Thomasville of Oakbrook and featuring their Hemingway Collection of furniture and décor.
The writer will be given use of the workspace for one year at no cost (see application for details), and will be asked to provide cultural programming – lectures, workshops, presentations, or other programs – to the general public.
“The Foundation’s mission is to honor Ernest Hemingway’s legacy through the promotion of thoughtful reading and writing,” said Foundation Chairman John W. Berry. "We see this opportunity as a way to connect that legacy to new and creative written expression."
Interested writers may apply by downloading and filling out the following application:Download EHFOP.WriterInResidenceApplication
Applications will be accepted through June 1, with the selection announced at the Hemingway Birthday Celebration July 21 in Oak Park. Start date will be determined by the writer and Foundation.