A City as a Writer's Workplace: Open Call 2020

The "Ulyanovsk UNESCO City of Literature" program office announced the open call for applications for the project "A City as a Writer's Workplace". Writers, poets, playwrights and other authors as well as translators and literary artists from the UNESCO literary cities are invited to tell about places in their cities where they like to work on texts.


Our idea is to collect photos from authors about the places in their cities where they like to work on their texts. It's very interesting to explore how authors write today: some writers write at home at their desk or while they take a bath, others write poems right on their smartphones, while others love to write at the airport, on the train or while cycling around the city. We want to explore how the working conditions of authors are changing today. This will help better understand the writer's relationship with the city. The idea will also help the authors of the UNESCO literary cities to learn more about each other's work and also to draw the attention of readers to local authors.

The project will result in an international online exhibition with photos of the workplaces of authors from the UNESCO literary cities. The online exhibition will be placed on the "Ulyanovsk UNESCO City of Literature" website.

Authors from the UNESCO Cities of Literature, literary artists (or authors, literary artists connected with one of the UNESCO literary cities: for example, you were engaged in some kind of collaboration with a writer or translator from this city, or this city inspired you to write a text, or you were born, you worked there, etc.) who wish to take part in the project are invited to send a photo and a short text about their favorite place in the city or home where they like to write texts. These may be photos of any place:

- a work desk, a bath or whatever at home;

-a path, a bench, or whatever in a park;

- a table in a cafe;

- an airport waiting room;

- a car, a train, a bike, etc.;

- any other place in your city that inspires you to work on the texts.

Important: you do not need to make a portrait of yourself in this place, just send a photo of the place itself, as the exhibition is dedicated to the writers' workplaces.

Requirements for photos and texts

- The quality of the photo is at least 1280×1024 (please sign the place where the photo was taken: for example, "My Desktop at Home, Granada" or "The Bench on which I like to write stories in the park, Melbourne"). 

- 1 paragraph of the text telling about your favorite workplace in the city (text in English, with the name of the author, the genres in which the author works, the city author lives in, the website of the writer (if any)).

Photos and texts are accepted at infopoint.ulskcityofliterature@gmail.com (you can also send your questions to this e-mail address).

Deadline: April 26

The online exhibition can be viewed for free by anyone in any country of the world. Each participant will receive a link to the exhibition by e-mail. The opening of the exhibition will be covered by mass media and social media.