The Nook Farm Writers Collaborative

"To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement."

The Mark Twain House & Museum is now accepting applications for The Nook Farm Writers Collaborative, a summer writing program supported by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as part of their Creative Youth Workforce program.

We welcome applications from people ages 14-18 who live or attend school in the 34 towns served by GHAC. The map of eligible towns can be found at

The program is inspired by Mark Twain’s life as a working writer who wrote in a variety of genres and cultivated a range of skills in order to sustain a career in a challenging publishing world. Under the guidance of writer and teacher Victoria Nordlund and program coordinator Dr. Erin Bartram, participants will produce a variety of pieces in forms inspired by Twain’s writing career, including travel writing, journalism, personal essays, poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction, culminating in a personal portfolio. With the support of workshops led by a variety of writers and editors from around the country, participants will also work collaboratively to design and produce an online literary journal featuring a selection of the writing produced during the program.

The program will run from 9AM to 3PM every weekday from June 27 through August 3. Each Thursday during that time period will be reserved for individual participant work from home, but all other days the program will take place on site at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford–including daily writing inside the historic home itself! Participants will receive a $100 weekly stipend. This program is supported by a Creative Youth Workforce Grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Start your application here!