Application form

If you’d like to join our ongoing pool of candidates, you can use the application form below to tell us about yourself and your qualifications. A few things to note:

    • We’re looking for professional-level creators of quality narrative—memoirists, journalists, novelists, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, comedians, storytellers and more. Our members are narrative artists of a variety of disciplines. Though we may pay the bills with commercial side projects, our primary work is not generally advertising, marketing, press relations or related corporate content.
    • Publication history counts, but quality of work trumps quantity. We prefer to see a book or an equivalent body of work, but those with excellent writing samples and only a small number of credits, combined with demonstrated commitment to professionalism and full-time devotion to their craft, may also become members.
    • Diversity is a strong factor when considering applicants; the Grotto strives to be a community that is diverse along many dimensions—not just gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or age, but creative medium, physical ability, experience and many other things.
  • We are also a community of people who take part—who regularly spend time at the Grotto, get excited about being around other narrative artists, participate in and attend each other’s readings and events, and even start new initiatives—and who want to contribute to helping sustain a diverse, creative and supportive community of writers and storytellers of many different kinds.

We attend to new applications as quickly as we can, but we’re a tiny organization and so the process sometimes moves more slowly than we’d like. If you don’t hear from us within a month after you apply, it just means we are swamped and haven’t gotten to you yet—we will soon. Feel free to reach out with an inquiry. Applicants who are not selected for membership are free to resubmit with updated credentials, but we ask that you do so no more than once a year.

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Membership application

  • Please enter the full URL ("http://www...").
  • Background

  • Starting with your name and using the third person ("Jane Smyth is..."), share with us your professional background: publications, education, positions held, awards/recognition, etc. Please limit it to 1000 characters.
  • Using the first person this time ("I am..."), tell us more about yourself. 1000 characters maximum, please.
  • How did you hear about the Grotto? Have you interacted with any Grotto members in the past? If so, who and when?
  • Why would you like to be part of the Grotto community?
  • What other experience have you had with creative organizations (writing groups, retreats, networks, etc?) With co-working spaces?
  • Do you have any relevant special skills that you'd be willing to share here? (i.e., editorial, technical, event planning, etc.)
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    Membership Fees

    Annual memberships are offered at a cost of $400. However, we are sometimes able to offer discounted memberships for those in financial need.
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    If you selected "Less than $400" above, please let us know how much you could pay for a year's membership in The Writers Grotto, as well as any details of your financial condition that might be relevant, and we will consider your request. (Note that all information collected on this form is kept private at all times.)
  • Uploads

  • Please upload (in PDF, TXT, DOC or DOCX format) a representative sample (preferably published) of your work. If you'd like to provide a link to an online sample instead, please do so in the text box below.
    Accepted file types: pdf, txt, doc, docx, Max. file size: 64 MB.
  • Please include full URL ("http://www...")
  • Please upload a photo suitable for membership rosters and other in-house use. 2 megabytes maximum file size, please.
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, Max. file size: 2 MB.

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