1-2 months in March-November
Paid by host 

Travel costs, accommodation, evening meals during week days, and resident writers will receive a grant of €66 for each day they are effectively present.

Application guidelines 

Documents for the application:

  • Registration form.
  • Commitment form, dated and signed.
  • Typed biobibliographical description in French (2 pages max.).
  • Typed letter of motivation in French (1 page max.).
  • Four copies of your last published work in French.
  • Four copies of another one of your books published in French, representative of your artistic approach. (For non-francophone writers, send works published in French or significant extracts translated into French : minimum 10 pages).
  • Typed summary or synopsis of the manuscript for which you are requesting the writer-in-residence place (1 page max.).
  • Press reviews concerning your publications (choice of 5 articles max.).

Candidates will be informed by letter of the jury’s decisions in June 2016. The chosen candidates will be able to stay from March to November 2017.



Apply one year in advance to your wished residency dates

Villa Marguerite Yourcenar

Villa Marguerite Yourcenar

Centre Départemental de Résidence d’Ecrivains Européens


The Villa Marguerite Yourcenar, Centre Départemental de Résidence d’Ecrivains Européens (Departmental Centre of Residence for European Writers), offers authors to stay for one or two months to enable them to write in a calm, peaceful and stimulating location, and to meet with audiences in the Nord during literary evenings, book fairs, school visits, bookshops, etc.

It is open to all types of literature (novels, short stories, poetry, theatre, essays, BD, children’s stories, etc). The Villa Marguerite Yourcenar is accessible to European authors who have already had one or more works published by a professional editor (editions published at the author’s expense are not taken into account).

Collective works, books issued from the university research (theses, and scientific works, etc) didactic and scholar books are also excluded.


Writers-in-residence must accept to take part in one or more meetings with the public during literary events at the Villa Marguerite or outside (school visits, book fairs, signing sessions in book shops, etc.). They must accept that a collective work will be published by the Villa Marguerite Yourcenar, including one of their texts in relation to the theme of the volume.

Accommodation Information 

Three writers can be housed simultaneously at the Villa Marguerite Yourcenar. Each one is allocated an office-bedroom with personal bathroom on the first floor.

A shared library, kitchen, computer room (with photocopier, printer and Internet access), television room and dining room are available to residents.

The Villa Marguerite Yourcenar provides resident writers with accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, except at weekends and Bank Holidays (telephone communications and lunch are at residents’ own expense).

Three bicycles and one car are at the residents’ disposal.


The Villa Marguerite Yourcenar is located at Mont-Noir in the heart of the French Flanders, on the site of the former family property of the writer Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987). It belongs to the Conseil Général du Nord (France), as does the park that surrounds it. The departmental park and the Villa Marguerite Yourcenar (36 hectares) are located in the commune of Saint-Jans-Cappel on the Belgian border, between the towns of Bailleul (France, 6km away and with the nearest train station) and Ypres (Belgium, 15km). It is about forty kilometres from Lille via the A25 motorway. 

2266 Route du Parc
59270 Saint-Jans-Cappel
(00 33) 03 59 73 48 90
(00 33) 03 59 73 48 95

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