Tuesday, March 19, 2013 |
Acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway died in 1961. (Getty Images)
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation is offering one writer a chance to spend a year working in the iconic author's childhood home in Oak Park, Illinois.
Hemingway spent his early years in the leafy Chicago suburb before fighting in the First World War, pursuing journalism (he once worked for the Toronto Star) and then writing several critically acclaimed novels including A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.
The foundation that owns the home will make the attic available as a workplace, not a full-time residence, where the chosen writer will create a novel, epic poem, short story or groundbreaking journalism project, according to the Chicago Tribune. The space will be turned into a "safari writing retreat," said Alison Sansone, the foundation's director, referencing the novelist's fondness for travelling and hunting in Africa.
Applications will be accepted until June 1, and any writer can apply. Foundation members have received numerous inquiries from writers, including from Canada.
"We'd just like to get a really interesting, creative person who likes to write and who values reading and writing," said John Berry, chairman of the foundation's board of directors.
In addition to creating a literary work, the writer-in-residence will also be asked to provide a lecture or workshop to the public as part of the year-long program.
This would definitely be an intriguing opportunity for a writer, particularly if they've found Hemingway to be an influence. Which legendary author's childhood home would you love to visit or write in? Let us know in the comments below.