Latvian / English
Up to four weeks
Paid by host:

Residents can apply for a grant of 320 EUR for 4 weeks long stay.

Paid by artist:

Travel costs and accommodation costs up to 30 EUR per week.

Application guidelines:

Any professional writer is welcome to apply, by filling in the application form.

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Ventspils House

Ventspils House


The aim of the International Writers' and Translators' House is to create a multifunctional centre, which promotes the development of literature, encourages cross-cultural dialogue and introduces the Latvian literary process to international circulation; to facilitate the decentralisation of the development of literature in Latvia by fostering a suitable cultural environment in regional Latvia. The residency is aimed at Latvian authors, Latvian literary translators, foreign literary translators (any language combination), foreign authors, Latvian and foreign researchers whose research work is related to literature. Residency offers professional writers and translators a place for creative work in one of the most beautiful Latvian cities on the Baltic Sea coast - Ventspils.


Literary translation projects, creative writing projects and opportunity to become involved in creative collaborative projects such as festivals and seminars.

Studio Information

The centre can house nine residents at one time. There are two twin residential rooms. Two of the residential rooms have been adapted for people with special needs. Residents have access to everything necessary for everyday life - separate bath rooms, bedspreads, towels, washing machine, iron, hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, room cleaners, etc.

Accommodation Information

The residency is located in the premises of the former town hall belonging to the city of Ventspils, built in the 18th century and located in the cultural and historical centre of Ventspils. The building has been rebuilt, adapted for creative work and literary activities, with seven residential premises with internet connection, reading room, kitchen, parking facilities, small garden, sauna and recreation areas. Some bicycles can be used. Everybody is welcome to bring books for the House library.


Location: on the Baltic sea coast, north-western Latvia; Area: 55.4 km2, Population: 44.000

How to reach:
-by buss from Riga Buss Terminal (approx 3 hours)
-by ferry from Sweden.

Contact information

Annas iela 13

ventspilshouse [at]