Five writers will spend ten days at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California from November 30 to December 9, 2014. During the residency, each writer will work on a project of their own choosing, free from the distractions of everyday life.
Brandon Lingle's nonfiction has appeared in Guernica, the New York Times, the North American Review, and elsewhere, and has been noted twice in the Best American Essays. His project is an essay collection about conflict in family, war, and health.
Britt Julious is a writer working at the intersection of music, visual art, race, and the body. She contributes regularly to The Guardian and Vice. Britt's project is a storytelling podcast about real experiences of young women of color.
Jia Tolentino was recently a contributing editor at The Hairpin and is currently features editor at Jezebel. She’ll use her #blessed time in Palm Springs to work on the novel she began in the MFA program at the University of Michigan.
Michael Twitty is a culinary historian, food writer, and living history interpreter whose focus is on historic African American food and folk culture. His project explores the links between culinary history, family history, and genetics.
Rose Lichter-Marck wrote the film Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, which won a special jury prize at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. She's working on a screenplay about a young girl who befriends Georgia O'Keeffe during the artist's visit to Hawaii in 1939.
The TinyLetter Residency is for writers who have a specific project to work on. We received over 1100 applications from fiction writers, journalists, poets, essayists, screenwriters, and more. The residents will use TinyLetter to send updates during their time in Palm Springs.
TinyLetter covers the writers’ room and board, plus travel to and from Palm Springs. Writers will gather for dinner together on the first and last nights, with the remaining time open for working alone (or in groups, if a collaborative mood strikes).
Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a resort in the middle of Palm Springs, a mid-century desert wonderland. There’s a restaurant onsite, as well as two pools, a gym, a spa, and more. You can hole up in your room, write outside, or have an impromptu workshop with your fellow writers in one of Ace Hotel's public spaces.
A trusted panel of judges selected the TinyLetter Residents.
Doree Shafrir is the Executive Editor of BuzzFeed, where she oversees the culture and entertainment coverage.
Max Linsky is the co-founder of Longform and a co-host of the Longform Podcast.
Roxane Gay is the author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and the forthcoming Hunger.
Susan Orlean is a staff writer at the New Yorker. She’s also the author of Rin Tin Tin, The Orchid Thief, and a number of other books.