Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project

Orlando, Florida, United States

Year Round


SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Geoff Benge
EMAIL: kerouacproject@gmail.com
WEBSITE: http://kerouacproject.org/

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past, we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFAs and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit at the time of application.

Each writing residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. You will stay free in the house, we cover the cost of utilities and you receive a food stipend of $1,000 to cover the cost of food during your stay. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

Residency Slots:

Fall: September through November

Winter: December through February

Spring: March through May

Summer: June through August

The Application Process:

You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction. The 10-page writing sample you submit along with your application must match the category you are applying for. You may submit in more than one category, but each submission is separate and you must complete the whole application process again for each submission.

All applications/submissions are received electronically through Submittable and a $30 application fee is required at the time you submit. You must pay the $30 fee again for each subsequent application, should you decide to submit in more than one category.

The residency submission/application period opens January 1 each year, and remains open for ten weeks. We encourage applicants to apply early rather than waiting until the end to submit.

For more information visit the “Apply” page on our website, and also read all the Frequently Asked Questions related to the residency and application process on our “FAQ” page before submitting your application and writing sample.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting


1418 Clouser Avenue
Florida, United States

Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project

The Jack Kerouac Writers In Residence Project Of Orlando, Inc., is in its nineteenth year of service as a grassroots registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Central Florida incubating the careers of writers and poets, inspiring creativity, and building a literary community that honors the spirit of Jack Kerouac’s legacy. This is done through the Writers-In-Residence program run in the historic Kerouac House in College Park, Florida, (a suburb of Orlando). Four writers a year are chosen to each spend three months at the house free of charge to concentrate on their literary projects. As well, through quarterly literary readings and writing workshops held at the Kerouac House we seek to expose audiences to the craft of writing and the joy of storytelling. We are a volunteer-run organization that works hard to connect with and encourage writers locally, nationally and internationally.


• It’s important to maintain Jack Kerouac’s legacy in our community.

• Writers, poets, playwrights, and other artists enhance and add value to our community.

• Creative expression should be nurtured, inspired and supported.

• Providing a safe haven and creating a comfortable space to enrich the work of writers is central to our mission.

• Providing a platform where all writers, regardless of race or creed, can come together to share, grow and be encouraged furthers artistic development and enriches the local community.

For nearly twenty years, members of the Kerouac Project have worked hard to achieve the goals set out at the organization’s founding. Today the Kerouac House is preserved as an historic place on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is well maintained and houses a thriving, internationally renowned writer-in-residence program.