Residency for Writers in Amsterdam
The "Residency for Writers" project is an initiative of the Nederlands Letterenfonds / Dutch Foundation for Literature (before 2010 known as the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature). Together, the foundations have made living space available for a foreign writer in the heart of the old city. The writers in residence will find lodgings not only in the historic and literary heart of Amsterdam, but also at its academic centre, with access to the University of Amsterdam library and the Dutch capital's literary activities.
As per january 2011 the Writer's Residency has a second sponsor. The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) has decided to join the Dutch Foundation for Literature in their work to accommodate foreign guest writers in Amsterdam.
The guest writers use their time in Amsterdam for their own work and research, but they will also be involved in the city's literary and cultural life. All candidates may be asked to give guest lectures or readings for students and to write articles for newspapers or magazines. The residency period is expected to last around two to three months, with a minimum of six weeks. A committee consisting of University of Amsterdam professor Ieme van der Poel, Athenaeum Booksellers' managing director Maarten Asscher and literary journalist Margot Dijkgraaf is responsible for the monitoring of the selection procedure. The European National Institutions of Culture (EUNIC) is also represented in this committee.
In order to generate publicity for the residency programme, the two foundations have set up a recommending committee. The members of the committee include a number of Dutch authors of international standing and with valuable experience in residence projects abroad. The authors Abdelkader Benali, Hans Maarten van den Brink, Adriaan van Dis, Anna Enquist, Arnon Grunberg, Geert Mak, Nelleke Noordervliet, Cees Nooteboom and Connie Palmen have agreed to act as ambassadors in spreading the word at home and abroad about this European writers' residency in Amsterdam.