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N.B. With the unprecedented impact and uncertainty of the coronavirus, we understand planning for travel may present difficulties.   As a response to the potential obstacles to traveling in 2021, and upon reflecting on ways in which we can continue to work together, Can Serrat and g_b, a writing residency based in Colombia, have collaborated and designed a remote online residency as an alternative to the on-site live/work model we have historically worked with.  We mention this here should you have doubts about submitting an application, to assure you that we are looking for ways we can get to know you and your work no matter what the future circumstances present us with.  We look forward to providing you with more information about this alternative should it seem necessary.


Can Serrat, approximately 1187 square meters, is an old classic Catalan farmhouse. In 1989, eleven Norwegian artists bought the house and began renovations. Can Serrat is located in the beautiful surroundings of El Bruc, a small town that borders the mountain of Montserrat, and is only 45 kilometers from Barcelona. The house offers several spaces and workshops to work in an impressive natural environment. A pleasant walk takes you from the house to the foot of the mountain, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Montserrat’s Les Agülles, or “The Needles”.

Can Serrat works as a community where people from different cultures and fields interested in a variety of research topics can meet under the same roof. The house hosts several projects throughout the year in which everyone can participate during their stay. These include, among others, a residency program selecting contemporary art and writing projects, a non-profit association called Els Amics de Can Serrat that organizes activities in relation to the local context, and a consumer cooperative for local and ecological products called Roca Verde. Each month, the house welcomes and organizes different activities to activate the investigation of the projects in production: debates, readings, a dinner open to the local community, and project presentations, to name a few.

Can Serrat is a creative space, that welcomes community and process. As such, the activities we organize are oriented around this idea and reflect an interest in being present in that process, research, question, doubt, understanding, curiosity, and debate.

The residency program supports writers and artistic production, offering individual support and resources to each resident according to their needs. The call is open to all topics and mediums. Selected residents will have time and space to work on their own projects while residing at Can Serrat.



The jury will select 16 proposals to be a part of the spring 2021 writing residency. 

The breakdown will be the following:


  • 1 fully funded grant
  • 5 grant at 70% cost
  • 5 grant at 50% cost
  • 5 grant at 30% cost


 Consult conditions here.



Everyone from everywhere. No need to be a writer. No need to be under 35 years old.  If under 18 years old, you must provide a letter from parents or legal guardian. Individuals, duos, and collectives are encouraged to apply.



A .PDF file entitled “Last Name_canserrat_W_SPRINGcall”

This document needs to include:

  • A writer’s statement (A brief summary of your work, themes, reference and/or process within a contemporary context and some information about your current field of investigation)
  • Recent samples of your work (past 5 years, 3 pages maximum)
  • A voice recording of your written samples (made with a cellphone is sufficient.  We are more interested in hearing you read than the quality of the sound).  Please include a link embedded in the .pdf so we can access the reading.
  • CV and brief biography.


The application can be in Catalan, Spanish, French, or English.  We cannot accept other languages at this time.

The application must be sent using the online form at the end of this page.



Deadline to apply: August 31, 2020

Results announcement: October 1, 2020

Residency Period: April-June 2021



Sophie Blais_Director of Can Serrat

Sarah Goodchild Robb_Artist Coordination and Communication at Can Serrat

Paola Caballero_Director of  guion_bajo a writing residency based in Colombia 

Ricardo Sarmiento Ramírez_Cuban writer and winner of a full grant at Can Serrat