The Black Box Residency Application

Words of Wisdom

I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.

— Patrick Dennis

Please complete the following application to receive full consideration for The Black Box Writing Residency that begins Saturday, January 28th 2017. Regretfully, incomplete applications will not move forward in the process. Applications open Monday, October 3rd and are due Sunday, October 30th by midnight.

General Information

Creative Writing or Theater/Public Speaking Experience

The Black Box Writers Residency Program Overview

Residency Attendance Policy

This short residency is ongoing for 6 weeks during the Spring 2017 semester. It is divided into two Residency experiences: one for fiction and one for poetry. Each section consists of the following:
  • three full-length writing workshops in either fiction or poetry with UWC staff, TAMU faculty or visiting writers, and residents.
  • one full-length performance and speaking workshop for either fiction 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 fiction 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 Writing Residency following dates during the Spring 2017 semester:
  • Saturday, January 28th 2017: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Fiction Workshop 1); 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Poetry Workshop 1)
  • Saturday, February 4th 2017: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Fiction Workshop 2); 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Poetry Workshop 2)
  • Saturday, February 11th 2017: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Fiction Workshop 3); 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Poetry Workshop 3)
  • Saturday, February 25th 2017: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Performance Workshop for Fiction & Poetry)
  • Thursday, March 2nd 2017: 7:00 pm  - 8:00 pm (Dress Rehearsal at TBA location)
  • Saturday, March 4th 2017: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Final Performance and Reading at TBA location)


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. Fiction submissions should be no more than 15 pages double-spaced.
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.  
5. We will accept submissions only as docx, doc, or pdf files.