Shuffle Literary Arts Residency

A 6 month work-trade residency, open to emerging and established writers and poets in the Bay Area. More details below. Now accepting late applications (see details below)

About Shuffle

Shuffle is a new professional network for multidisciplinary and creative professionals. Through the cultivation of craft, peer support and online tools, Shuffle has been thoughtfully designed to move your career forward.

About Shuffle's Literary Arts Collective

We have recently launched our Literary Arts Collective, which brings together writers, poets, editors, publishers and educators, across all genres, styles and cultures. This network helps broaden and democratize access to opportunities in the Literary world by providing members with tools, resources and community that they need to succeed.

About the residency

As part of our mission to provide resources, both online and offline, we are debuting our residency program. During this 6 month work-trade residency, participants receive access to creative and professional development tools. In collaboration with each other, residents help build and cultivate peer support & community while gaining hands-on experience in the areas of education, performance, event coordination and community engagement. Leading by example, Ambassadors will be at the forefront of Shuffle’s Literary Arts network and work to establish a depth, thoughtfulness and quality as the platform grows. This residency also provides you with an opportunity to shape how the Literary Arts ecosystem connects online.

Residency Details

In exchange for 2 - 4 hours of work per week, Shuffle coordinates the following professional development opportunities: Develop and showcase your portfolio - In-person literary workshops and constructive feedback / group critiques - Assistance with documentation of your work, including: - A brief, filmed interview of you, regarding your literary practice - A brief film of you reading / performing an original piece of writing - Inclusion in a printed collection of writing at the culmination of the residency program Opportunities to expand your resume - Read / perform your work (created throughout the course of the residency) at an end-of-program event. - Facilitate in-person classes and groups - Facilitate online discussion - Facilitate community engagement through writing prompts and feedback Grow your network - Work closely with a cohort of creative peers - Deepen your ties in Bay Area literary scene through online and offline networking, promotional efforts and event coordination - Access to a global community of writers through a lifetime free Shuffle membership


The Shuffle residency is open to writers of all genres in the Bay Area, with a focus on emerging literary artists from diverse backgrounds. LGBTQIA+ writers and writers of color are particularly encouraged to apply. Authors will be selected based on artistic merit, community-building experience and connection to Shuffle’s mission. This residency is a particularly good fit for those with previous experience building community, and who are passionate about how the Literary Arts world evolves in the next few years. The deadline was Jan 17th, 2020. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply earlier. We cannot guarantee a timely response but will still review the late applications and will respond to everyone who submits one.


To be eligible for the benefits of the program, participants must complete 2-4 hours (per week) of work of facilitating and building online & offline community throughout the course of the residency, as well as participate in monthly Shuffle engagements.