The mission of the Jan Michalski Foundation is to foster literary creation and encourage the practice of reading through a range of initiatives and activities. These include mounting exhibitions and cultural events that have a connection with writing and literature, making a large multilingual library available to the public, awarding an annual prize in world literature, granting financial support, and hosting a writer-in-residence program.
Benefiting from the unique atmosphere of Montricher, at the foot of Swiss Jura mountains, the residence welcomes authors, translators and other creators, both beginners and well-known, for different length visits, bringing together a favorable intellectual and natural environment and the financial support necessary for their creative process. Residences are available for all types of writers from all over the world engaged in literary creation. While they give priority to writers and translators, they are also open to any other discipline as long as writing is at the heart of the project. In 2019, a percentage of the residences will be dedicated to nature writing, a form of fiction or creative non-fiction that raises awareness of nature, prepares for a sustainable way of living, and helps to better understand socio-environmental interconnections and the impact of human actions on nature. Stays in the Jan Michalski Foundation can be granted for individual projects or projects in pairs.
No obligation, but residents will be able to participate in cultural activities organised by the Foundation.
Residents are housed in the Foundation’s seven cabins that hang from the canopy, known as “treehouses.” Equipped with both a living and working area, these cabins were designed by various Swiss and international architects. In addition: – free wifi, – printer access, – electric bikes are available for the residents.
Residents are allocated one of the seven ‘Treehouses’ for as long as they need to complete their writing project. This ‘Treehouse’ allows them to live independently. For projects in pairs, a separate Treehouse will be assigned to each of the selected candidates.
They have one Treehouse 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.
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.
Opportunity by Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’écriture et la littérature