JOHN E. NANCE WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
The Nance Writer-in-Residence Program was created in 2012 by Sally Crane Cox, who chairs the Nance Committee at Thurber House, to honor her late husband, John E. Nance, who was a critically acclaimed photojournalist, author, and Associated Press Bureau Chief in Manila. The Nance Residency is a partnership between Thurber House and The Ohio State University.
Every year, we offer one talented author a month-long residency at Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. The residency allows the author to focus on his/her own project(s) and is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop a work in progress. The winning writer stays in the fully furnished, two-bedroom apartment on the third floor of Thurber House, the historic family home of James Thurber, and receives a $5,000 stipend.
The applicant’s work may be fiction, or creative non-fiction, including memoir.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and over 18 years of age.
Applicants must have had a book published by a traditional publisher within the last three years and have another work under contract or in progress.
Applicants must submit two copies of BOTH the published work and a work in progress. Work in progress can be three chapters or three short stories for fiction, or a table of contents (if pertinent) creative non-fiction. No work in progress submission should exceed 50 pages.
The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019.
For more information about the Nance Writer-in-Residence Program, contact Anne Touvell at email@example.com or call 614-464-1032 x10.
2018 John E. Nance Writer-In-Residence
Cleveland-area novelist Kevin P. Keating was the 2018 John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence. Keating resided for four weeks at the historic home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber and received a $5,000 stipend.
Keating is the author of many short stories, essays, and reviews, and two novels: The Natural Order of Things (2014), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for a first work of fiction, and The Captive Condition (2015). Keating is nearing completion of his third novel, tentatively titled In the Secret Parts of Fortune.
After working as a boilermaker in the steel mills in Ohio, Keating became a professor of English. He has taught at Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College, and John Carroll University.