Caitlin Myer Named 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow
Thanks to this Fellowship, Myer is currently working on her first novel at MacDowell.
Awarded annually to women writers who are working on their first book, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship at MacDowell covers all costs of a residency at the Colony. Selected as the 2012 recipient of this award, Caitlin Myer will receive all the essentials of a MacDowell residency, including exclusive use of a studio building, all meals and accommodations, and opportunities for inspiring exchanges with other artists from around the world. The Fellowship also comes with a $2,500 stipend to defray travel expenses and replace lost income during the residency. The shared hope of the Colony and the Rona Jaffe Foundation is to encourage applications from women writers who have not applied for residencies in the past for financial reasons.
At the Colony, Myer is continuing work on her first novel, Red Wagon, which tells the story of a plague that causes people to confess their sins in the fictional town of Gilgal, Utah. Based in San Francisco, she is the founder of the Portuguese Artist Colony, a monthly reading series that provides a platform for lesser-known writers and features them alongside more prominent authors, poets, and playwrights. She has received scholarships from Disquiet: Dzanc Books International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, and from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
“We are so pleased to work with the Rona Jaffe Foundation in supporting emerging women writers,” says Cheryl Young, executive director of The MacDowell Colony. “As a young woman who has devoted herself to the craft of writing, Caitlin is an ideal candidate for this award. She has been making progress on an exciting new book at MacDowell.”
In 2008, the Rona Jaffe Foundation endowed this Fellowship to support emerging women writers in memory of its founder Rona Jaffe (pictured right), who was the best-selling author of 16 books, including Class Reunion and The Best of Everything. Myer is the fourth writer to receive the Fellowship. Well known for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively, the Foundation has also established fellowships in Ms. Jaffe’s honor at six other distinguished institutions.
To be considered for the Fellowship at MacDowell, women writers must apply for the winter/spring residency period via the Colony’s standard online application procedure. Interested applicants cannot have attended MacDowell before, and must be unpublished or just completing their first book. The deadline to apply for the 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship is September 15, 2012.