"Meet": a Writer and Translator Residency in Saint-Nazaire
For almost thirty years, the "Meet" — Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et des Traducteurs (the Foreign Writers and Translators House) — run by the French writer Patrick Deville, has welcomed writers and translators from all over the world.
Meet offers residencies to a writer or translator for four to eight weeks. The resident is allocated a weekly grant and accommodated in a large two-bedroom flat in the "Building", an emblematic high-rise overlooking the docks and the shipyards of Saint Nazaire Harbour, on the Loire River estuary.
Meet is also a publishing house of bilingual books (in French and in the original language of the book) and aims to introduce foreign writers and their work to French publishers. At the end of his/her stay, the resident is given the opportunity to have one of his works and its French translation published in the Meet's collection "Les Bilingues".
The writers and translators who wish to apply must send a biographical as well as a bibliographical note. Every application is considered by The Meet's literary council, a group of writers, translators and critics.
Saint Nazaire is a middle-sized town located in the south of Brittany, on the Loire River estuary. It's two and a half hours away from Paris by high-speed train. The nearest airport is Nantes Atlantique.
Terms of application
Foreign writers and translators can stay for eight weeks.
The writer or the translator is housed. He/She is allocated a grant of 1000 € a month.
The writers and translators who want to make an application to be accommodated must send the Meet a biographical and bibliographical note by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for application is the end of February for a residency the following year.
The literary committee meets twice a year and studies all applications received. The committee is composed of writers, translators and literary critics.