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Thurber House | John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence

The John E. Nance Adult Writer-in-Residence program was begun in 2012 by Sally Crane, in honor of her late husband, John E. Nance, a critically acclaimed photojournalist. As Associated Press Bureau Chief in the Philippines, Nance wrote 'The Gentle Tasaday', about a primitive tribe in the Philippines as well as 'Lobo of the Tasaday', a Horn Book Award Honor Book. Nance was a Thurber house Writer-in-Residence twice, in 1995 and in 1998.

The program is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop a work in progress.

The work submitted may be fiction, or creative non-fiction including memoir.


Columbus, Ohio: United States

The program is an annual residency of four weeks housed in the two-bedroom apartment in the historic home of author and 'New Yorker' cartoonist, James Thurber.


  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Applicant must be over 18 years of age. Applicants must have had a book published by a traditional publisher within the last three years and have another work under contract or in progress. Please check our website for additional guidelines.

  • Application deadline: October 31
  • Application Ongoing: No

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.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no

Residency Fees

All incidentals such as travel and food are to be provided by the resident.

Stipends / other support

The resident will receive a stipend of $4000.

Additional expectations / opportunities

This is a 4-week residency typically in September/October. The specific time period is negotiated with the selected author. During the stay, the resident should be available for at least three community outreach opportunities such as reading and teaching writing classes offered by Thurber House.

Contact Information

77 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
United States