Sometimes, the opportunity to travel, attend a conference, or work in quietude for weeks or months can be invigorating and inspiring. There is a sense of honoring the self as one’s artistic endeavors expand in unexpected, and often exciting, directions. Carving out time in a beautiful locale can make all the difference; there are so many opportunities!
When I accepted five Artist-in-Residency (AIR) positions over a period of ten years, the numerous benefits of residencies became obvious as my publication list grew. Each AIR offered a different enhancement experience: Sleeping Bear Dunes reflected Native American legends of the Great Lakes, Acadia’s scenic rockbound coast and islands strengthened my soul, North Cascades offered majestic mountains, wild rivers, and huge trees, and Crater Lake’s mystical quality was magnetic! Turkeyland Cove was an oasis of creative time and place (Martha’s Vineyard) to honor women’s creativity with no boundaries or expectations. It was a gift of total freedom in all ways, including a private chef!
Artist-In-Residencies are rapidly increasing within the United States and internationally. All are searching for applicants who have a clear vision of a creative project combined with a personal history of intent, commitment, and productivity.
Here are some of the benefits:
– Opportunities for private, focused time to work in some of the world’s most scenic locations.
– Many offer stipends ($2,000+) and travel expenses; I often came home with extra money in my pocket.
– You can present a 90-minute program in the U.S. National Parks visitors’ centers; check out Hawaii with a vehicle, stay in a three-bedroom home, and earn a $2,000 stipend. During this time, I promoted my work, in addition to explaining how the park was impacting my writing.
– The park staff might invite you to teach a class if you have a skill that you can align with their work. I play Native American flute and, when I was at the North Cascades, I was ferried by boat up to Stehekin, a breathtaking destination nestled deep in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. They asked me to teach the park rangers how to play simple songs around evening campfires. I stayed three nights, which was a wonderful get-a-way, and inspirational to my writing.
– When you choose to plant yourself at a quiet picnic table, folks from all over the world will stop by, and ask what you are writing. When I needed to break my solitude, I’d find a spot where people might casually walk by, and inquire. I wore a badge, announcing my position as the AIR.
– During many residencies, a writer has three to four weeks to offer additional programs for nearby libraries, museums, colleges, universities, schools, and writers groups. You can also visit local bookstores to promote your work.
After spending weeks exploring mystical lands, profound experiences were imprinted upon my soul. This beauty yearns to be expressed. AIR programs offered time and space for my mind to wander, and expand. These memories of beauty and serenity continued to enrich my work long after the AIR experiences. Most residency participants report extraordinary levels of achievement during a residency. I highly recommend offering yourself this gift of time and space.
These websites offer innumerable options: a week in California, a month in Maine, time in Australia, Spain, Japan or hundreds of other locales. Residencies of varied durations are offered in over 50 countries. There are also communal residencies available if you thrive on input from others. Explore:
- RESIDENT SCHOLARS – AN INCOME OPPORTUNITY By C. Hope Clark
- Increase Your Freelance Writing Income with Your Own “Editing Group” – by Laura Yeager
- From Vacation To PAYcation: Writing and Selling Your Travel STORIES By Eric D. Goodman
- Becoming a Travel Writer By James Ullrich
- Fiction Set in Real Location Can Inspire Local Interest and Sales! By Marjorie Abrams
Laura Lee Perkins is a writer, educator and flutist. Author of 11 books and 150+ published articles, she was awarded 5 Artist-in-Residencies, produced 5 CD recordings and collaborated on three audio books. Perkins received 13 grants and placed 3rd in the 80th International Writers’ Digest Awards (Inspirational Category) and the 2017 Creative Writing Institute’s Short Story Contest. Laura Lee Perkins writes from the inspiration of the beautiful Maine coast from May-October and from the stillness of the Arizona desert November-April. Her public lectures and classes draw 5,000 attendees each year in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Arizona.
>>>Read More WritersWeekly Feature Articles<<<
QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments
Peek over the shoulders of highly successful freelance writers to see how they earn thousands per article! The query letter is the key!
In these pages, you'll find real query letters that landed real assignments for national magazines, websites, and corporations.
- Abbi Perrets' form letter that brings in $30,000-$45,000 annually
- Sample phone query from Christine Greeley
- The Six Golden Rules of Queries and Submissions...and How I Broke Them! by Bob Freiday
- Your Rights As a "Freelancer"
- and ANGELA HOY'S SECRET for finding ongoing freelance work from companies that have a stable of freelancers, yet never run ads for them!
BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K - $100K Publishing Contracts - by Angela Hoy
Peek over the shoulders of highly successful, published authors to see how they landed publishing contracts worth $10,000 to $100,000! An enticing yet professional book proposal is the key!
BONUS! Successful ghostwriter, Anton Marco, shares his secret for landing ghostwriting clients. Don’t miss Anton’s real ghostwriting contract at the end of this book! It provides an example of what he charges and the payment terms he requires from each client.
90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy
Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.
We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts
and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!
Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor,
which makes it fun for creative folks like you!
Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!