4 to 8 weeks
Paid by host:

Accommodation, allowance of 150 to 250 euro per week, and the necessary tools such as a computer, internet connection and printer.

Paid by artist:

Travel costs, insurance. In Villa Hellebosch breakfast and dinner are provided.

Application guidelines:

This residence scheme is intended first of all for foreign and non-Dutch speaking authors in Europe, and possibly from other parts of the world. However, Dutch and, to a very limited extent, Flemish and French-speaking Belgian authors would also be considered. To qualify, the author should be a writer of novels, stories or poetry, children's or youth literature or literary non-fiction. Authors working on a manuscript as part of academic research do not qualify. The author must have had at least one work published by a literary publisher.

The authors themselves can apply, but just as often Passa Porta invites them, either as part of an exchange programme with other residence programmes or upon recommendations by publishers, translators, universities, embassies or cultural institutions.

Writers wishing to apply for residence should send their application comprising:

  • a curriculum vitae listing publications in their own and other languages
  • a letter explaining their motivation
  • a short description of the manuscript or project on which they will work during their stay at Passa Porta or at Villa Hellebosch

The file should be written in Dutch, French or English. Applicants will be informed of the receipt of their application within one month. In selecting candidates, the organisation relies on a number of advisors from both home and abroad. The final decision is taken by the organisation itself.

The residences are closed each year from December 15 to January 15 and from July 1 to August 31. It is possible to rent the writer's flat during these periods. For more information: [email protected].

No deadline
AIR tags:
urban, isolated, stipend, other, accommodation, international, private, kitchen, apartment, project manager-support, critics, library, computer, basic tools and equipment, mid-career, established artist, 1 to 3 months

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Passa Porta

Passa Porta

Internationaal literatuurhuis

Passa Porta is an international house of literature which organises literary evenings, encounters with authors, debates, festivals and special projects on contemporary Belgian and other literatures. One of its ongoing tasks is to introduce lesser-known literatures. Passa Porta is a unique work and meeting place and puts Brussels on the literary map. Every year Passa Porta invites numerous foreign writers and translators to come and work on a new manuscript in quiet surroundings. Guests stay either in the green calm of Vollezele (in Villa Hellebosch) or in the heart of Brussels (Passa Porta). Some residents take part in literary evenings attended by the public and working sessions with translators or fellow writers.



Authors are expected to commit themselves to writing a new manuscript, in which Passa Porta is mentioned in the publication.

Accommodation Information

In Brussels, the writer in residence stays in a flat at the Passa Porta house of literature. The flat has a floor area of 90 sq. m. and looks out over the picturesque Oude Graanmarkt (Old Grain Market). In Villa Hellebosch accommodation is offered to 2 authors, who each have a bedroom, a study, a bathroom and a terrace. The kitchen, dining room and reading room are shared. In addition, 1 or 2 rooms are available for authors and translators who are only spending a few days for a work session, and there is also a room for encounters with an audience of professionals.

Technical Information

Passa Porta includes a multilingual bookshop, a literary platform, offices, a venue for workshops and meetings.

Contact information

A. Dansaertstraat 46
1000 Brussel

residences [at]