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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2015 - Open for Applications

From the Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce that the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for published writers is now open for applications. Scotland-based novelists, poets, children’s writers, dramatists and screen writers who would benefit from time away from their usual environment to develop their work are encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship was initiated in 1994 by Franki Fewkes, a Scottish RLS enthusiast then living in France, and is supported by Creative Scotland. It provides residencies for four fellows for one month each, in a self-catering studio apartment at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing. Travel and accommodation are paid for, and there is a grant of £300 per week to cover living expenses. The residencies will take place in June, July, August and November 2015. 
Grez-Sur-Loing....a tough gig
Grez-sur-Loing is situated at the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, France, and was chosen because of its connections with Robert Louis Stevenson who first visited in 1875. It was there, at the Hôtel Chevillon, that he met his future wife Fanny Osbourne. Stevenson found both the place, and its well established community of writers and artists, highly attractive and he returned to Grez-sur-Loing for three successive summers.

Author Lisa Ballantyne, a 2014 Fellow, found the experience hugely valuable in terms of her writing development:

“The month's residency that I spent in Grez-sur-Loing was a wonderful chance to focus on my new novel and complete my last in the midst of stunning natural scenery and in an area of France steeped in creative history. The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and residency was of great use in developing my writing.”

Jenny Niven, Portfolio Manager Literature, Publishing and Languages, at Creative Scotland, said:

“Time and again the case is being made by writers that support for them to immerse themselves in their practice, particularly in challenging financial times for artists, is absolutely critical. We’re delighted to support the RLS Fellowship to offer the chance for writers to do just that. International opportunities are of course highly valuable too; an outward looking perspective – even if the result is a greater understanding of one’s self – or as John Muir put it, that going out ‘is really going in’ – can bring a whole new dimension to a writer’s work.  Finally, as illustrated by writers from Stevenson himself, to Muriel Spark to Alistair Reid, travel has long been an integral part of the practice of Scottish writers; the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship seeks to offer that potential to contemporary writers that they might achieve similar extraordinary things.”

For details of how to apply for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, and for full eligibility criteria, please visit The closing date for RLS Fellowship 2015 applications is Tuesday 10 February 2015.

Five reasons to go on a writing retreat:
  1. Escape the demands of everyday life
  2. Refresh your creativity with new experiences and new scenery
  3. Meet other writers and exchange ideas
  4. Remind yourself why you started writing in the first place
  5. Renew your enthusiasm for the art and process of writing

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