How many times have your fully employed friends asked you this oh-so-innocent (and yet really annoying) question: “How can you stand being home all the time? Don’t you wish you could work out of a real office?”

Okay, so the answer is, “Not so much, TVWriter™ Minion, because my friends are envious as hell about me being able to work from wherever I want…and these days most of them can work that way too.”

That’s all well and good, but have you thought about genuinely far places where you can write? Exotic foreign locales that you absolutely can afford because they’re free? And may even get paid to do it?

Check it out:

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Would you like a month in Berlin to expand your writing horizons? Or perhaps a working cattle ranch in rural Wyoming would provide you with the inspiration you need to start a new project? These residencies provide writers with a chance to escape daily life’s distractions and focus on their work.

Each residency has its own terms and conditions, so please read the relevant websites thoroughly before commencing any applications.

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
is open to writers worldwide. Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. Founded in 1920, the American Library is Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library. Applications close on 15 February.

Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. There are three fellowship application deadlines in 2019; 15 February, 15 June and 1 October.

Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Program
is dedicated to young and emerging writers from the Cities of Literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It offers a two-month stay at Villa Decius, a historical complex and cultural centre in Krakow. Residents receive a stipend of 2500 PLN (US$650 plus travel costs. Applications close on 25 February.

Tartu City of Literature International Residency Program
is open to writers and translators wishing to spend time in Estonia’s second largest city. Recipients will receive a two-month stay at the house of the former Karl Ristikivi Museum, a scholarship of 600 euros per month and travel costs to and from Tartu up to 350 euros. Residencies will take place in April and May. The deadline for applications is 25 February.

Historic Joy Kogawa House
is located in British Columbia, Canada. This residency is available to Canadian writers who have published two books and have previous teaching and public speaking experience. Residencies typically run for two months, at a time convenient to the writer. Writers may apply for remuneration through the Canada Council or other arts council. Applications for residencies in 2020 close on 28 February.

MacDowell Colony Fellowships
support residences of up to eight weeks for writers & other artists. The colony is located in Peterborough, New Hampshire and has 32 unique individual artists studios. Applications are considered in two rounds per year; the next deadline is 15 April….