Amsterdam Writer-in-Residence Programme
The Writer in residence programme in Amsterdam was set up in 2006 by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Living space was made available in the heart of the old city, above Athenaeum bookshop. This ensures the foreign writer in residence will find lodgings not only in the historic and literary heart of Amsterdam, but also at its academic centre, with access to the University of Amsterdam library, the Academic Club and the Dutch capital's literary activities.
All candidates may be asked to give guest lectures or readings and to write pieces for newspapers or magazines. They also will be required to write a report at the end of their stay
The writers' residence is located in the heart of Amsterdam. The square on which the apartment looks out is called "het Spui". The "Spui" is the name of the body of water that formed the city's southern border until the late 14th century.
The apartment has 90 square meters of floor space, two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and several working areas.
The writers’ residence is located in the heart of Amsterdam. The square on which the apartment looks out is called ‘het Spui’. The apartment is decorated with Dutch Design. Many young Dutch designers and interior decorators have supported the residence project with furniture, lamps and decorative elements. The apartment is also decorated with paintings by the late, multi-talented Dutch author Henk van Woerden. Athenaeum Booksellers will see to a well-stocked library of Dutch literature in translation, as well as foreign studies dealing with Dutch and European history and contemporary issues.