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 Nance, who was a critically acclaimed photojournalist, author, and Associated Press Bureau Chief in Manila. The Nance Residence program 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.

Applications are currently CLOSED for the 2018 John E. Nance Adult Writer-in-Residence. The winning resident will be announced in early 2018.

The four-week residency at the historic home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber offers a $5,000 stipend. The winner stays in a two-bedroom apartment at Thurber House and must be available for at least three community outreach opportunities. Guidelines:

  • Applicant's work may be fiction, or creative non-fiction, including memoir.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and over 18 years old.
  • Applicant must have had a book published by a traditional publisher within the last three years and have another work under contract or in progress.
  • Applicant must submit two copies of BOTH the published work and a work-in-progress. The work-in-progress can be three chapters or three short stories for fiction, or a table of contents (if pertinent) for creative non-fiction. Current work submissions should not exceed 50 pages.

For more information, contact Anne Touvell at or call 614-464-1032, ext. 10.

John E. Nance

John E. Nance

Thurber House

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Masha Hamilton

Masha Hamilton

2017 John E. Nance Writer-In-Residence

Congratulations to Masha Hamilton! The author of five novels and the founder of two writing and reading projects in Afghanistan and Africa, Hamilton was the 2017 John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence.

Hamilton’s novels include The Camel Bookmobile, which, along with 31 Hours, have been optioned for films. Her other books are: Staircase of a Thousand Steps, The Distance Between Us, and What Changes Everything. She received the 2010 Women’s National Book Association Award for her work in the areas of literacy and books.

A former journalist for the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, Hamilton served as the director of communications and public diplomacy for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan in 2012-13. While in Afghanistan, she founded the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and the Camel Book Drive. After leaving Afghanistan, she was vice president of communications for Concern Worldwide, an international nonprofit. Hamilton is currently working on her sixth novel, The Glassblower.


Past John E. Nance Writers-in-Residence

2017: Masha Hamilton
2016: Sara Pritchard

2015: Sharon Short

2014: Katrina Kittle
2013: Liza Monroy

Thurber House Third Floor Apartment