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Writers Omi | Omi International Arts Center

Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process.

Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals. Click here for a list of former guest speakers.

German publisher, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, for whom the program is named, was noted for his passionate commitment to quality in literature. His list of authors included Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Yukio Mishima, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon.

Writers Omi has hosted hundreds of writers and translators from roughly 50 countries around the world. The colony's strong international emphasis reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is part of Ledig's enduring legacy.

Location

Ghent, New York: United States

Omi International Arts Center is located in beautiful Ghent, New York, two and a half hours from New York City. Omi is situated on 300 acres of rolling farmland with spectacular views of the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley. The Fields Sculpture Park is a public exhibition space featuring over 80 contemporary sculptures. Open year-round, the park provides thousands of visitors the opportunity to experience the impact of important international contemporary sculpture in a striking natural setting. The Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center accommodates visitors to The Fields Sculpture Park, providing an indoor gallery and a café for exhibitions and events.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 2 weeks-2 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 10
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 44
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 300

Eligibility

  • Artist Status: Mid-career Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: July 15, October 20
  • Application Ongoing: No

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
To be a writer one needs to engage with the world. But to actually do the writing work, one needs to be very alone. Ledig House provided me with a rare and valuable combination of these two halves of the writing life.
— Ajay Krishnan

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    All dietary restrictions accommodated.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Film / Digital editing

Residency Fees

None

Stipends / other support

None

Additional expectations / opportunities

Public events and engagement with local community.

Contact Information

1405 County Route 22
Ghent, New York 12075
United States