Writer in Residence

As part of the District’s vision to serve as an incubator for the arts and further our mission of “connecting communities to inspiration for life”, the High Plains Library District Foundation (HPLD Foundation) is proud to announce our Writer in Residence program.

The goal of the HPLD Foundation’s Writer in Residence program is to support the creative process of one (1) Weld County writer during a six-month time-period so they may complete a manuscript with the intent to e-publish.

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The resident’s work can be of any style or genre but must be related in some fashion to Weld County in subject matter. Applicants must reside within the High Plains Library District boundaries (see map), must be an HPLD cardholder (or become a cardholder), must be at least 18 years of age, and must be willing to commit to all associated duties of the residency.

Writer In Residence duties include:

  • Appear at HPLD events
  • Work with HPLD staff to develop relevant programming
  • Work with social media manager to create online content (blogs, posts)
  • Agree to MOU
  • Commit to 6 continuous months of residency

Applications are reviewed in a blind judging process by a committee of local writing professionals. High Plains Library District resident will be announced no later than June of each residency year.

2017 Writer in Residence

On behalf of HPLD, a volunteer committee has selected Chris Muscato as its second Writer in Residence. Muscato is an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado. He first came to Greeley as an undergraduate student, left to earn a master’s degree in Mexican history from the University of Wyoming, and is thrilled to be back in this community. Chris is also a contract writer for Study.com, creating online lessons about history, architecture, art, music, and literature.  When not writing, teaching, or grading, Chris spends time with his wife Kristin and his dog Buddy enjoying all that colorful Colorado has to offer.

Read an excerpt from Chris’s writing here.

2016 Writer in Residence

During her residency, Jaydine Rendall completed two books in her High Plains Heroes series. The young adult fiction novels are set in the plains of Northern Colorado during the late 1800s. The three-book series was given a publishing contract with the first novel set for release in early 2017. More information about Jaydine’s work and her residency experience can be found here.

Subsequent questions about the residency can be sent to Rochelle Mitchell-Miller, Foundation Director, please submit the form below: