Author's House
artists' residency on Zakynthos island

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About the residency:
The Author's House is a perfect retreat for writers and painters. Coming to the Greek island of Zante (Zakynthos), in the Ionian Sea, the author will find a house on a hill, with a charming panorama of olive groves and the sea.

The purpose of the residency is to create a place where artists will not be disturbed by everyday affairs and will be able to concentrate on their works as much as possible. The Zakynthos Island is a harbor for long walks and swims and endless reflections. While in the residence, you can concentrate on your art.
Inside the Author's House
2 bedrooms with private bathroom each, maximum of 2 artists. Usually we accommodate two residents at a time.
Stay at the residency 2 up to 8 weeks.
The rooms are fully equipped for comfortable work and relaxation.

Each room has views of the island. The house is filled with sunshine and keeps cool during the summer days.

Residents have access to common areas: kitchen, living room with a library and veranda.

Zakynthos Town: 10 km;
Agios Sostis beach: 4 km;
supermarket, tavern: 1 km.
Ukrainian journalist, photographer, poet, writer, traveler. Author of poetry collections "Bremen Times", "I'm Your November", prose "Restless", short stories "Dogs that tame people".
Resident of the Author's House in November 2019.
Daria Zubenko
A participant of anti-terrorist operation, veteran, military paramedic. A member of the music project "Songs of War".
Resident of the Author's House in November 2019.
Ukrainian philologist, tutor, candidate of philological sciences, researcher of Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky's works.
Resident of the Author's House in December 2019.
Ukrainian writer, artist, art therapist. Author of books, metaphorical cards, games for parents and children. Psychologist-consultant in the narrative approach, blogger, creative English teacher. Mother of the Year 2020 according to "EVA".
Resident of the Author's House in December 2019.
Ukrainian writer, journalist, screenwriter, storyteller.
Author and teacher of the course "Visual storytelling". Author of the books "When I was a fox", "Can you look at the cherry", "Letters from the post office at the lighthouse".
Resident of the Author's House in January 2020 and January-February 2021.
Ukrainian children's writer, novelist. She writes children's stories and fairy tales, which are also aimed at adults. The works have a subtext on the issues of happiness, relationships between people, human joy and what it brings.
Resident of the Author's House in February 2020.
Lviv writer, author of the novel "Fifth Park" (2016), a collection of short stories "Walking in the Desert" (2019), and individual stories and essays included in various collections and anthologies.
Resident of the Author's House in March 2020.
Ukrainian writer, literary critic, co-founder of the "Critics' Rating: Best Children's and Adolescent Books of the Year", coordinator of the children's reading support project "BaraBooka. Ukrainian Children's Book Space".
Resident of the Author's House in March 2020.
Poet, translator, director, TV presenter, editor-in-chief of the glossy edition "Kids Boss". Founder of the Sim Hertz Literary Studio. Member of the NSPU. Laureate of the literary prize named after S. Budny. Organizer of the video poetry contest "MonOcle".
Resident of the Author's House in March 2020.
Journalist, traveler, graduation editor of a French TV channel. She currently lives and works in Paris. Since childhood, she wrote poetry and short prose. She has published several short stories, one written (and edited at the Author's House) novel about his first teenage love. She is fond of learning languages and playing the saxophone.
Resident of the Author's House in October 2020 and July 2021.
Children's writer, screenwriter, producer and founder of the animation studio "Good Deeds Animation". He writes children's books with a view to future film adaptations. Author of the books "210 good deeds", "Nothing", "Theft of memories" and others.
Resident of the Author's House in May and September 2021.
Daria Suzdalova
Ukrainian writer, artist. The language of Daria's stories is deliberately reduced, stingy, the lines are fragmentary, and the role of the author is minimized. Elements of surrealism are combined with fully recognizable real events (military action in eastern Ukraine).
Resident of the Author's House in May 2021.
Maryna Handysh
Sculptor, ceramist. She is engaged in artistic practices of an experimental nature, which consist in a combination of different materials and digital technologies.
Resident of the Author's House in May 2021.
Kateryna Vasylenko
Biologist, biology teacher. She writes about learning, about the pleasure of knowledge, about such a happy cooperation of soul and mind.
Resident of the Author's House in June 2021.
Blogger, writer, designer of the adult brand "Navna" and children's "Navna Kids". Author of the book "Everyone will see" about school life in the late 90s.
Resident of the Author's House in June 2021.
Psychotherapist, vocalist, voice coach. Olga is convinced that vocals can be developed not only with special techniques, but also with the help of practical psychology and psychotherapy. Her method, about which the author writes a book, allows making the voice stronger, more open and relaxed and controlled.
Resident of the Author's House in June 2021.
Writer and teacher of writing skills with 10 years of experience. Author of the bestseller "Hold on and write!" and "Inspire a Novel" website, which publishes materials for writers. Lives in Italy. She supports authors from around the world online, creates webinars and online writing courses.
Resident of the Author's House in June and September 2021.
Natalia Mykytei
Writer, volunteer. She has experience in volunteering and working with people with mental illness in Spain. She writes a book about those she met while working, which she worked on at the residence.
Resident of the Author's House in July 2021.
Svitlana Didukh-Romanenko
Writer, copywriter, translator. She is fond of photography and travel. She dreams of new cities, books and performances. For a long time, she wanted to move from poetry and small prose forms to something bigger. Therefore, during the residency she worked on a story about a teenage girl and her aunt, who found themselves together for the summer in the country, each with its own problems and peculiarities.
Resident of the Author's House in July 2021.
Poet, radio host, sound director, curator of dubbing courses. Screenwriter of the Ukrainian Assembly Comix publishing house. Founder of the Cult Art Studio brand, which aims to produce attributes with quotes from contemporary Ukrainian writers.
Resident of the Author's House in September 2021.
Defne Suman
The author is from Turkey, who lives in Athens with a Greek man and two cats. He writes short stories, novels and articles in which he explores the "dark corners" of the human psyche, related to family secrets and the "silenced parts" of Turkish/Ottoman history.
Resident of the Author's House in September 2021.
Author of books for children and adolescents, doctor, medical geneticist, book reviewer, book reviewer for children and adolescents, biology teacher for children, trainer in the basics of laboratory medicine and genetics.
Resident of the Author's House in October 2021.
Ukrainian writer, singer, journalist, TV presenter. First Secretary for Culture of the Embassy of Ukraine in France. She is the author of the books "Freud Would Cry", "From Dew, Water and Calabani", "Good News from the Aral Sea", "How to get married as many times as you want". Author of writing courses and organizer of creative retreats for authors.
Resident of the Author's House in October 2021.

Tetiana Kondrova

Beginner writer. She plans to publish with a pseudonym, but still keeps it a secret from the public, planning to announce it in a separate presentation.
Resident of the Author's House in October 2021.
Oksana Muzyka
An artist who paints with oil pastels and colored pencils. She is fascinated by artists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, studying their biographies and artistic methods. Perceives art as a language through which you can convey your ideas to people subconsciously. Art director in her own graphic design studio, "Melkom po nebu".
Resident of the House of Authors in October 2021.
Terms and conditions:
The Author's House invites artists who work on literary or visual works in various forms. The purpose of stay at the residence is to work on the project.

The length of stay in the residency is 2 to 8 weeks.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Each year, the Author's House provides 2 full and 20 partial grants of 3 categories, which partially cover the cost of staying in the residence.

The residency is managed by Anonymous Authors, NGO, which forwards received contributions in full to the support and development of the residency.

How to apply:
1. Fill in the application;
2. Get an answer on your application and grant of support (if provided);
3. Confirm your intentions by a return letter;
4. Make the contribution to the account of Anonymous Authors or use the full grant;
5. Come to the island of Zakynthos to write or paint.

Terms of stay:
• Accommodation: separate room with private bathroom;
• Use of common areas of the house: a kitchen, a living room with a library, veranda;
• Free internet access through Wi-Fi throughout the home;
• Writing supplies - paper, pencils, pens;
• Excursion by the island (optional);
• Consultations on creative writing (optional);
• Friendly environment and creative process support.

What are we expecting from the author:
• Regular artwork during stay in the residence;
• Mention of the name of the residency "Author's House on Zakynthos Island" in the works created during the residence;
• A draft manuscript in a free form, filled with the author's works or sketches of the island. Notebooks have the same format, are provided to residents and after the end of stay remain in the residence in memory of the work process of the author. Nothing serious, only creative sparks here and there;
• A mention of the residence on the pages of social networks of the Author (if any);

About the grants:

Every year Author's House will issue grants of 30%, 50% and 70% support to work at the residency.

Grant Program # 1 - Full Grant for Residency.

Grant Program # 2 - 30% of support. Accommodation fee:
245 € per week.

Grant program # 3 - 50% of support. Accommodation fee:
€175 per week.

Grant Program # 4 - 70% of support. Accommodation fee:
€105 per week.

Outside of the grant program, the residence fee is:

Mandatory cleaning fee - 30€

The applicant is responsible for the costs of travel, food and travel insurance. The Author's House can provide proof of acceptance to the residence, for further processing of the application for a travel grant.

Zakynthos island
Swimming in turquoise sea, walking through the olive groves, listening to the birds singing and charming silence.
The residence is 4 km from the sea and 10 km from the city of Zakynthos.
The island is famous for the picturesque nature that inspired outstanding
Greek and Italian writers and poets:
Hugo Foscolo, Dionisios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos.
Who can become a resident?
The residency is created for authors of different levels. Those who are just starting their own artists' paths and those who have already made a career in the art world. We are visited by artists who seek solitude, want to concentrate their efforts at work and enjoy the Mediterranean landscape. The Author's House is a relaxing space for literary and visual artists.

How to apply?
To apply, fill out the form and wait for our response.
What is the term of stay in the residency?
Usually, the authors are staying in the residence 2 to 8 weeks. This time is enough to plunge into the project and achieve significant progress, which is our goal. You can choose to stay with us between 4 and 8 weeks at a time.
Can I come to the Author's House with my family?
If your friend or family member is also an artist, he or she can apply separately and indicate that they would like to come with you at the same time. In this case, the stay fee is charged to both participants. Accommodation of families is not provided.
How to get to the island?
There are a lot of ways to get here: bus, ferry and of course direct flights from multiple European cities. We can help you find the best route.
Who is eligible to receive a grant?
The grant can be obtained by the author, which details in the application, why they need support and describes the particular project that they will work on during their stay at the Author's House. Please apply for grants only if you really require it. We are non-profit and to keep up our work we require your support.
Visiting the residency during COVID-19
The final dates of your stay will be confirmed 7 days before your arrival on the island.
We cannot guarantee the successful arrival of residents due to countries' restrictions on entry and exit. However, the invitation we give to residents helps in this.
If you are unable to arrive, we will once reschedule your stay with no extra fee.

If the author is unable to visit the residence at the agreed time due to the restrictions that emerged during the COVID-19 epidemic, the visit dates will automatically be postponed to those of 2021. Contributions are non-refundable.

Upon arrival at the residence, the author undertakes to comply with the quarantine requirements of Greece and reduce contact with others. Fortunately, both the residence and the island are designed to allow you to spend these weeks comfortably and continuously working on your project.

Founder of the Author's House
Artists' residency the Author's House is a joint project of the public organization Anonymous Authors and writer Tais Zolotkovska.
The organization's activities are aimed at supporting the literary process in Ukraine and abroad.
Other projects include the Anonymous Club Anonymous - an online community and free-of-charge weekly meetings of novice writers in more than 20 cities of Ukraine.
The founder of the residence is a Ukrainian writer, coach of creative writing, Taiz Zolotkovska. The author of the book "Writing: An Easy Way from Idea to the Book" (Monolith-bizz, 2018), as well as 8 books for adults and children. While staying at the residence, the authors will be able to get feedback on their works and advice on creative writing and literary craftsmanship.
The Author's House
Pantokratoras pano chorio, Zakynthos, Greece, 29092
+30 698 205 32 91