Black Box Residency Application

Words of Wisdom

I do all my work in a Hawaiian straw skirt and bow tie of some neutral shade--I can often think of nothing to do but pile the books which are on one end of my desk very neatly on the other end and then kick them one by one off to the floor with my free foot.

— Robert Benchley

Applications are officially closed for the Spring 2018 Residency program. The next application period will begin in Fall 2018.

Please complete the following application to receive full consideration for The Black Box Writer Residency program. Regretfully, incomplete applications will not move forward in the process.

General Information

Creative Writing or Theater/Public Speaking Experience

The Black Box Writer Residency Program Overview

Residency Attendance Policy

This short residency is ongoing for six weeks during the Spring 2018 semester. It is divided into two residency experiences: one for prose and one for poetry. Each section consists of the following:
  • three full-length writing workshops in either prose or poetry with UWC staff, TAMU faculty or visiting writers, and residents.
  • one full-length performance and speaking workshop for both prose or poetry, and
  • a final performance that features all residency writers, visiting writers and faculty, and invited guests (also open to the public).
Due to the short duration of the Residency, it is mandatory that participants be available to attend all six of the sessions for their respective genres, either prose or poetry. These workshops will mostly take place on Saturdays, from either 10-12 pm or 1-3/4 pm. The black box space is located at Hullabaloo Hall in Fine Arts RM 131, Building D.

Please indicate below your commitment to and availability for the Black Box Writer Residency following dates during the Spring 2018 semester:
  • Saturday, January 27th 2018: ‚Äč10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Prose Workshop 1; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Poetry Workshop 1
  • Saturday, February 3rd 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Visiting Writer Prose Workshop 2; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Visiting Writer Poetry Workshop 2
  • Saturday, February 10th 2018: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Revision Prose Workshop 3; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Revision Poetry Workshop 3
  • Saturday, February 24th 2018: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Performance Workshop for Fiction & Poetry
  • Thursday, March 1st 2018: 6:00 pm  - 8:00 pm - Dress Rehearsal at Liberal Arts Building (LAAH) RM TBA
  • Saturday, March 3rd 2018: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Final Reading and Reception at the Sead Gallery in Downtown Bryan
Please note that we will also have a Welcome Mixer for Residency participants this fall, Friday, December 1st at Panera Bread from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. The program will be discussed in detail for all newly admitted residents. 


The piece(s) you submit should be as fully formed as possible, but still in need of further revision. Additionally, you should submit a piece that you feel comfortable reading to a wider public audience. Finally, due to the intensive nature of the residency, your submission(s) for acceptance should be the writing you plan to revise during a portion of the residency.

Submission Guidelines

1. Prose submissions should be no more than 15 pages double-spaced. Acknowledge if the submission is a sample of longer work. 
2. Poetry submissions should include no more than 5 poems and should not exceed 10 pages double-spaced.
3. There are no restrictions regarding genre or style.  
4. Please submit original work only.  Fan fiction or transformative works are not acceptable submissions for this residency. 
5. We will accept submissions only as docx, doc, or pdf files.  

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