The Jan Michalski Foundation’s residency for writers is designed to provide an environment for creative writing and to support those involved in the written word.
The Foundation features a group of seven distinctive residential modules that are available for writers and translators invited for residencies of varying lengths of time. Hanging from the openwork “canopy” that runs above the Foundation, these units are called “cabins” and offer ideal conditions to anyone who is looking to start, continue working on, or put the finishing touches to a writing project.
Although open to all kinds of writing and all languages, the residency program does give priority to writers and translators. The residencies can be for either individuals or pairs of participants in the case of projects involving more than one discipline. Each year some forty authors from around the world, from emerging writers to seasoned veterans, are able to count on a certain period of time dedicated to a literary project.
A percentage of the residencies are dedicated to nature writing, a form of fiction or creative non-fiction that raises awareness of nature, prepares for a sustainable future, and helps to better understand socio-environmental interconnections and the impact of human actions on nature.
Become a resident
General Terms and Conditions
Residences are available for all types of writers engaged in literary creation. While we give priority to writers and translators, we are also open to any other discipline as long as writing is at the heart of the project. Stays in the Jan Michalski Foundation are granted to individuals as well as pairs of writers working on a common project. The latter might include a writer and a translator, a writer and someone from another discipline, two writers, and so on.
The Jan Michalski Foundation lies at the foot of the Swiss Jura Mountains in Montricher. The village is approximately 30 minutes from Lausanne and one hour from Geneva. It is possible to reach Montricher from Morges by train.
Six “cabins” overlook Lake Geneva and the Alps while a seventh is oriented towards the forested slopes of the Jura. One final cabin serves as a kitchen and common living area where resident writers can cook together, socialize and relax.
Length of stay
Residencies can vary in length, lasting from two weeks to one, two, or three months. The length of stay should match the scope of the project. The period applied for is a request only, and the Jan Michalski Foundation reserves the right to offer another period depending on availability.
There are no age or nationality restrictions.
Beginners are accepted.
Residents are allocated one of the seven cabins for as long as they need to complete their writing project. The cabin allows them to live independently. For projects in pairs, a separate cabin will be assigned to each of the selected candidates.
There is one cabin available for people with reduced mobility. Please specify any reduced mobility needs in the Comments box in the Your Stay section of the application form.
Residents’ travel costs to and from their home address will be covered by the Foundation.
Residents are granted a weekly allowance of CHF 400.
The Foundation provides breakfast and lunch for residents and the village has a small grocery shop.
Electric bikes are available for residents.
The Montricher train station, with regular connections to Morges, is situated two kilometers from the Foundation.
Residents have free access to the library during the day.
Residents are free to participate in cultural activities organized by the Foundation.
Selection criteria and process
Applications will be assessed based on three criteria, the quality of the project, the candidate’s professional background, and whether or not the length of the stay matches the scope of the project. Beginners’ applications are assessed based on the quality of the project and the motivation they are able to convey in their application.
A panel of experts chaired by Mrs. Vera Michalski-Hoffmann will make a decision on all applications.
All candidates will be notified of the jury’s decision.
Reasons for non-selection will not be provided by the jury.
The application forms for 2024 will be available online starting on June 6, 2023 and will remain open until September 14, 2023 at 11.59pm (GMT+1).
Announcement of selected candidates: December 2023
Arrival of the first wave of selected residents: February 2024
How to apply
Applications are to be registered and submitted online. Please make sure you follow each step and send all of the requested documents.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications can be submitted in English or French. But the excerpts from your current or your published work can be in any language.
Applications for 2024 are now closed.
Discover the portraits and projects of the writers currently in residence as well as the complete archive of former residents at the Jan Michalski Foundation.
Thursdays in Residence
The first Thursday of each month, from 7 to 8 pm, a writer in residence hosts an informal conversation on his or her work, world, and motives. One hour of the author freely talking shop and taking questions followed by an informal drink.