Thornton Writer Residency Application

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Richard H. Thornton Writer-in-residence has been suspended for the 2014-2015 academic year. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. If you submitted materials for review, we are returning those to you. We thank you again for your interest in this position and encourage you to resubmit when and if the Thornton Writer-in-residence is reinstated.


The 14-week residency at Lynchburg College is awarded annually to a fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction writer, or playwright for the spring term.

The writer-in-residence teaches a weekly creative writing workshop, visits classes, and gives a public reading.

The residency includes a stipend, housing, some meals, and roundtrip travel expenses.

To Apply

To apply, submit:

  • A copy of a previously published book
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter outlining evidence of successful teaching experience
  • Workshop course proposal with sample syllabus
  • Contact information for 3 references

Your application materials must be postmarked by October 15. Send to Lynchburg College, Thornton Writer Residency, c/o Julie Williams, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501. 434.544.8820. Allison Wilkins, Contact.

Application details:

  • There is no entry fee
  • We will be glad to return your book(s) to you if you include a SASE with sufficient postage. Otherwise the book will be donated to the Lynchburg College Library
  • We do not accept applications by email
  • We do not accept manuscripts; published books only, please
  • Your course proposal and sample syllabus should showcase what you will be doing in the workshop course. We encourage diverse, multi-genre workshops as well as those that focus on playwriting and drama. We are interested in courses that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional work. We are not looking for a specific aesthetic, so show us your passion.
  • Notifications are mailed in February. If you haven't heard from us by March 1, you are welcome to query about the status of your application via mail or email at

Residency Expectations

The residency is for an entire spring semester. You are expected to arrive before the first day of class in January and stay until the final exam period in either late April or early may (depending on the year's academic calendar).

Teaching the Course

The course meets one night a week. To ensure individualized instruction, the class size is limited to 16 students. The workshop contains a mixture of undergraduate and graduate students.

Students often take more than one Thornton writing course during their four years, and academic credit earned can count toward an English major or toward elective hours, depending on the student's needs.

Travel, Meals, and Housing

There is no cost for the residency. Your round-trip travel and housing will be provided (sorry, pets cannot be accommodated).

You will be provided with a meal pass for dining in the Burton Student Center. Additionally, the apartment has a full kitchen, and there is a grocery store within walking distance.