Winter Craft Intensive: Jean Chen Ho


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Time is Our Mink: Strategies for Successfully Applying to Residencies with Jean Chen Ho
Sunday, January 8th
12 PM – 3 PM PST/ 3 PM – 6 PM EST

“I think writers are often terrifying to normal people—that is, to nonwriters in a capitalist system—for this reason: there is almost nothing they will not sell in order to have the time to write. Time is our mink, our Lexus, our mansion. In a room full of writers of various kinds, time is probably the only thing that can provoke widespread envy, more than acclaim.” (Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel)

Time is a writer’s most precious commodity. This year, how will you make the time for your project? For many of us, writing time unfortunately comes last. More likely, our jobs, school, family and friends, etc. take precedence over our creative work. Ever wished for a way for writing to move up in your busy schedule? The answer may be an artist residency! Whether you retreat for a week or longer, the dedicated time and space of a residency will feed your writing and replenish your creative well.

In the process of writing Fiona and Jane, Jean Chen Ho was awarded several residencies, including The Mastheads, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center. In this one-day intensive, she will share her strategies for drafting your best artist statement, project description, and responses to other common application questions. Other topics of discussion: artist residency environments and how to choose the right one for you, costs and funding opportunities, and how to prepare for a fruitful time while in residence. This class is appropriate for writers of all levels who are interested in learning more about residency applications.

BIO: Jean Chen Ho is the author of Fiona and Jane (Viking 2022). Her writing appears in New York Times Magazine, The Cut, Electric Literature, Los Angeles Times, Georgia Review, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Guernica, and elsewhere. She is the 2023 Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Scripps College.