Forbes’ Writer in Residence program is a fantastic model in that it leverages the library space to support both the resident and the greater writing community.
Three programs are central to the work I do as Writer in Residence at Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts. All have been running since 2010. They are the Writing Room, the Writing Life summer discussion series, and the Local History/Local Novelists reading and lecture series. Between them, they create an active, intentional, shared space for working writers; make room for discussion among writers working on long projects; and sustain a conversation between creative work and geographic place that has involved many members of the library’s communities.