News / Press Releases

Apply to Artist Trust’s 2015 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists

For Immediate Release:

April 12-19, 2015 :: Centrum, Port Townsend, WA
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:00pm

For the first time ever, Artist Trust is offering its EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists as a week-long residency. From April 12-19, 2015, EDGE will take place at Centrum, a center for arts and creative education located in historic Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. EDGE is being offered as week-long residency in order to make it accessible to writers across Washington State.

The EDGE Professional Development Program provides artists with a comprehensive survey of professional practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, as well as specialized presentations, panel discussions and assignments. EDGE focuses on supplying artists with the relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals and with the opportunity to develop peer support and exchange.

The 2015 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists is open to emerging or mid-career writers of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Tuition for the workshop and lodging is $715 for Artist Trust members and $795 for non-members. Scholarships are available for Latino/a and Filipino/a artists, and those with financial need.

Artists can apply online to the 2015 Port Townsend EDGE Program for Literary Artists. Artists are strongly encouraged to read all application guidelines before applying.

Artist can learn more about the EDGE Program and the application process by participating in a free live webinar on Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 6:30-7:30pm. 

The EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists is made possible in part by a grant from

“Support for the Artist Trust EDGE Program for Writers…is wholly consistent with’s mission to help generate new great works, to ensure that a stream of great new writing continues to flow… An appreciation for the people who create great books is part of our DNA at We share our obsession with fostering the creation, discussion, and publication of books by supporting Artist Trust.” —Jon Fine, director, Author & Publisher Relations,

Other major supporters of Artist Trust include: 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Amazon, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, bidCHUCK, The Boeing Company, The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Creag Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Holyoke Fine Homes, The Klorfine Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Paper Hammer, Raynier Institute & Foundation, SAFECO Insurance, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Traver Gallery, Tulalip Tribes of Washington and Vulcan.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at