Mrs. Paula Sandburg first generated the idea of a writer-in-resident at Connemara when her family's North Carolina home became a unit of the National Park Service shortly after her husband's death in 1968. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is pleased to host its first Writer-in-Residence Program in March 2010.

This program offers poets an opportunity to live and work at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The three-week residency is scheduled for March 2010. Housing is offered in an historic cottage near the Sandburg Home, with a studio and stipend provided.

As part of the program, writers will be required to do two public programs, the first a short fifteen-minute presentation describing their work during a welcome reception. The second will be an outreach program to an audience of the writer's choice. Writers must also donate one original piece of their work to the park’s permanent museum collection, copyrights will remain with the writer.

The deadline for submissions is October 15,2009. Selection for the 2010 residency will be announced during the second week of December 2009. This program is made possible through support from the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara. Interested writers should review the application packet (Download application packet here). For more information, contact the Education Coordinator at 828-693-4178.