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Apply to Artist Trust’s 2013 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists

For Immediate Release:

Application deadline extended!: January 3, 2013, 5:00pm

Literary artists are encouraged to apply to the 2013 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists, generously sponsored in part by The EDGE Program for Literary Artists will take place in Seattle March 1-April 14, 2013.

The EDGE 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. The EDGE Program 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.

EDGE curriculum includes:
  • Professional Presentation
  • The Writing Life: Funding, Publication & Other Opportunities
  • The Business of Writing
  • Marketing & Promotion

Faculty & Guest Speakers include:
  • Karen Maeda Allman, teaching Marketing and Communications with guest speakers Joseph Bednarik, Vladimir Verano and Elizabeth Wales;
  • Rebecca Hoogs, teaching Professional Presentation with guest Leslie Newman speaking on creating a web presence;
  • Mark Wittow, teaching about copyright and contracts with guest speaker Harold Taw;
  • Frances McCue, teaching two full days of The Writing Life;
  • Jennie Goode, teaching about how to create a business and the financial aspects of a writing career with guest speaker and accountant, Melinda Mann.

Grand finale presentations of the graduates of 2013 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists will be on Sunday, April 14, at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. Graduates will read their poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Open to emerging or mid-career writers of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Applicants must be residents of Washington State but cannot be students enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program. Applicants must commit to completing the entire 50-hour program. Tuition is for members only and is $500 per participant.

It’s easy to apply! EDGE Applications and Guidelines are available at the Artist Trust website: You’ll need the latest version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete the application; download it at

Please name your application file with your first initial and last name followed by: _LIT_EDGE_APP_2013.pdf. For example: JSmith_LIT_EDGE_APP_2013.pdf.

Completed applications may be:
• Emailed to by 5:00pm on January 3, 2013. 
• Mailed to Artist Trust, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-2437 Attn: EDGE APPLICATION. This is not a postmark deadline. Mailed applications must arrive at Artist Trust on or before January 3, 2013.
• Hand-delivered to Artist Trust, located on the corner of 12th Avenue and East Denny Way in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, by 5:00pm on January 3, 2013.

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

“Support for the Artist Trust EDGE Program for Writers and Literary Fellowship is wholly consistent with’s mission to help generate new great works, to ensure that a stream of great new writing continues to flow,” explains Jon Fine, director, Author & Publisher Relations, “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.”

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Artist Trust has invested over $9 million in Washington State artists since its founding. In 2012, Artist Trust awarded over $280,000 to 82 artists through five grant programs. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training, professional development resources and counseling to help artists achieve their career goals.

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