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Thurber House
Master bedroom
Comfortable living room
Kitchen stocked with pots, pans, dishes, very important coffeemaker!
Other side of kitchen with microwave and small oven/stove.

Thurber House | Children's Writer-in-Residence

The Thurber House's Children's Writer-in-Residence offers one talented author to a month-long retreat in the furnished third-floor apartment of Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Besides having time to focus on his/her own writing project, the resident spends up to ten hours per week teaching children the joys of writing in both a community-based agency and as part of the Thurber House Summer Writing Camp for children. If this sounds like a dream to you, please check out all of the information and visit our website below, to apply.


Columbus, Ohio: United States

Thurber House is located in Columbus, Ohio in a small, quaint area on the east edge of downtown and residents are within walking distance to the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Topiary Parks, a small local grocery and several coffee shops. Residents will be driven to locations that they are scheduled to teach and will have assistance getting groceries or other tasks that need a car if they do not drive or rent a car while here. Columbus is a thriving city with a busy, diverse arts scene with not only literary activities but music, dance, drama and more.


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Application Ongoing: Yes

Past Residents & Quotes

To have lived and worked in James Thurber's house is beyond words. Being tucked away on the third floor, in the comfort of my own apartment, was a liberating and exhilarating experience. And the luxury of time is a memory I will always cherish. But just as much, was the feeling of welcome I received from the Thurber staff, the community, and especially the young authors I met.”
— Lisa Yee

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Listed on the National Register of Historic places, Thurber House was the home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber and his family when Thurber was a student at The Ohio State University. The resident resides in the fully furnished third floor apartment of Thurber House complete with bedroom, guest bedroom, living room, full kitchen and bathroom. Free parking if needed.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no

Stipends / other support


Additional expectations / opportunities

This is a 4 - week residency during June, July, or August. The specific time period is negotiated with the selected author. During the stay, the resident will teach writing - based activities to middle grade children for eight to ten hours per week in a variety of community settings, including the Thurber House Summer Writing Camp.

Contact Information

77 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
United States