Writers in Residence

English PEN’s residency programme for international writers is an extension of our long-standing work in support of writers around the world, through our campaigns, translation and public event programmes

Our current writer in residence is Zehra Doğan.

The primary aim of the residency is to support international writers in their work by providing them with the time, space and funds to relax and work on their own projects.

PEN works with a range of organisations to create a bespoke package for the writer. Previous residents have benefited from the involvement of arts organisations including Arvon, academic institutions including the London College of Communication and London School of Economics, and the media.  Each residency is designed to address the needs of the writer concerned; whilst some writers may benefit from being embedded in an active network, others may prefer private and safe time to write and relax.

The programme is not currently open to applications. Instead, English PEN works with colleagues at PEN International, ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and Free Word to identify writers who would benefit.

Former residents include Kurdish writer and human rights activist Nurcan Baysal, Cameroonian journalist Mimi Mefo and Eritrean writer Eyob Ghilazghy.