GravesIn July 2015, the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library in Kennebunkport and MWPA announced Bridget M. Broydrick would serve as the inaugural Graves Library Writer-in-Residence.

The program was inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s famous maxim that a writer must have a room of one’s own if they are to write. This collaborative project between the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library in Kennebunkport and the MWPA is based on a simple premise: writers need a space in which to write; libraries are the institutions that house the end-result of those writing efforts; many libraries are in a unique position to provide a small space in which writers can ply their craft.

The Graves Library will provide one local author, chosen through an open call for applications, with a private writing room within the library. The room will be modestly furnished with a desk, chair, lamp, bookcase, and reading chair.

The only duties of the writer-in-residence will be to construct some type of community payback program or event during the year, which could include hosting a writers group, organizing a seasonal open reading, or offering writing mentorships to local teens.


  • The residency is open to all writers who are residents of Graves Library’s service area: Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, and Arundel.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the application.
  • There is no fee to apply.


All submissions must arrive by TK


Please read carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Your submission will consist of a brief application form, a statement of intent (up to 1,000-words), a work sample, and a current bio/CV.
  • No email or mail submissions will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be made via Submittable.
  • Receipt of applications will be confirmed via email.
  • Winners will be notified as quickly as possible after the deadline; please allow at least one month.
  • Please refrain from repeated inquiries as to when winners will be notified.






All questions may be sent to MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell
Phone: 207-228-8264

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