Summer MFA Residencies

Open to writers actively enrolled in MFA programs in NYC, the summer MFA residency gives six writers full-time access to Paragraph Union Square and Brooklyn. (Note: if you're actively enrolled in an MFA program, we'll waive the initiation fee for new memberships.)

Next residency: June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Accepting applications: February 15, 2019 - April 15, 2019

Apply for a 2019 Summer Residency

Jane Hoppen Residency Program

Current residency: November 15, 2018 - April 15, 2019

Accepting Applications:  Currently closed, check back in Spring 2019

Requirements and Application

Longtime Paragraph member Jane Hoppen was an exceptional writer, colleague, friend, and mentor who wrote at the space every morning without fail. Her decency and dedication had a profound effect on every writer she encountered.

Jane challenged traditional notions of sexuality and gender throughout her work. We believe she would have wanted to support emerging writers by providing them a safe and comforting place in which to write. Therefore, we seek emerging writers who exemplify Jane’s values in order to honor her life, work, and contribution to the Paragraph community. 


Photo credit: Rozette Rago

Photo credit: Rozette Rago

Sabrina Imbler

Sabrina Imbler is a queer, half-Chinese science journalist and essayist. She is a staff writer for Wirecutter and writes the monthly “My Life in Sea Creatures” column at Catapult, which fuses memoir, cultural criticism, and science writing. Her writing has also appeared in Audubon, Scientific American, The Big Roundtable, and The Week, among others.



Claire Agnes

Claire Agnes is a writer originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a veterinarian and a blacksmith. Her nonfiction has been published in Entropy, Fair Talk, and From the Fifth Floor. Her fiction won the 2015 Rowan Award for Women Writers and the 2018 Driftwood Press Short Story Contest. Claire has received residency at Stone Court and was a Global Research Fellow in Prague. She is currently a curator for the KGB Emerging Writers Reading Series and an assistant fiction editor for Washington Square Review. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a cat mom, MFA candidate, and professor at New York University.


Dan Ryan

Dan Ryan is a RI native who loves and writes in NYC. He is earning his MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. He can be reached at and @thisdanryan.