WINTER 2021 – OPEN CALL – WRITING PROJECT_Extended deadline: April 15

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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 2020, and upon reflecting on ways in which we can continue to work collectively, 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.  In the 2nd week of April, we will be doing our first pilot of this new program to troubleshoot the technological tools and analyze the methodology.  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 in the near future.


Can Serrat, approximately 1187 square meters, is a classic old Catalan farmhouse.  In 1989, eleven Norwegian artists bought the house and renovations began. The space operates as a center for artistic and writing production. Can Serrat is located in the beautiful environment of El Bruc, a small village that skirts the mountain of Montserrat, and is just forty-five kilometers from Barcelona.  The house provides various spaces and workshops for working in an awe-inspiring surrounding natural environment. A pleasant walk along paths and trails leads one from the house to the foot of the mountain, where one can enjoy a spectacular view of Les Agülles, or The Needles, of Montserrat.

Can Serrat functions as a community where people from different cultures, fields, and topics of research can meet under the same roof. The house organizes ongoing projects that everyone is welcome to participate in during their stay here.  These include, but are not limited to, a selected residency program for contemporary art and writing projects, a local nonprofit organization called Els Amics de Can Serrat that organizes activities within the local context, and a co-op for local and ecological products. Every month the house welcomes and organizes different activities in order to activate the research of the projects in production: sound recorded debates proposed by residents themselves, a monthly open mic, a dinner in which we invite local citizens of the village to have a cultural exchange with the household, project presentations, a book club in which we share resources by reading excerpts and texts in various languages, ping pong, and visits to relevant cultural project spaces and other residencies.

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


Within the residency program Can Serrat offers individual support and resources to each resident as need be. The call is open to all themes and writing genres. Selected residents will have the time and space to work on their own writing projects while in residence at Can Serrat.



The jury will select 16 proposals to be a part of the winter 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_WINTERcall”

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: April 15, 2020, deadline extended

Results: May 2020


Dates of the residency will be:

February-March 2021



Sophie Blais_Director of Can Serrat

Sarah Goodchild Robb_Artist Coordination and Communication at Can Serrat