The WordMill Writers' Residency - May 2019 


The WordMill is a grand 1900s manor house in the pretty village of Axat, an hour's drive from the Spanish border.  The WordMill is surrounded by stunning views of Languedoc-Roussillon mountains, gorges and pine forests.  The beauty and serenity of the area is the perfect setting for literary artists to relax, whilst the WordMill house provides spacious and luminous living space for your creative project.  


In May, we are offering a catered residency for three writers at £1200 per person per month.


The residency is open to writers, journalists, social media artists, creative programmers and coders at all stages of their career.    It is self-directed and will suit individuals who prefer to take responsibility for their daily work routine and creative development.  The WordMill offers:


  • One month's accommodation in the South of France from 1st to 31st May 2019.  

  • Managed provision of meals and the house.  Your hosts, Jess and Ann, will be on-site to prepare two meals (breakfast and dinner) and the house so that you can fully devote your attention to your art.

  • A private double bedroom with working space, as well as access to the shared spaces and resources of the house.

  • The option to workshop or discuss your project with your fellow resident and/or residency hosts.     



How to Apply

To apply simply click the button below.  We aim to bring together writers from similar backgrounds and/or interests.  Therefore we ask that you provide the following information when you apply:


  • A sample of your recent work (prose, poetry, script, etc.) 750 words maximum.

  • Artist's Statement of 500 words that provides a brief outline of what you are intending to achieve during your residency at The WordMill.  

  • Briefly explain how you will fund the Residency fee and your time away from home.

  • Two references - personal and/or professional


The WordMill accepts applicants over 25 years of age, regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.  All Writers/Programmers in Residence will be at ease with this inclusive ethos. 


Submissions must be written in English and you must be able to communicate in English.


11140, Axat, France

How to get to the WordMill


The WordMill is in the village of Axat on the D118 road and is an hour's drive from both Carcassonne and Perpignan.


By Air

There are direct flights from many European cities with the closest airports being: 
• Carcassonne - Salvaza (CCF), (65km)
• Perpignan–Rivesaltes (PGF), (65km) and
• Toulouse Blagnac (TLS), which is the closest international airport (148km)

All of these airports have a variety of options for car rental.


By Train and Bus

There are a limited number of train and bus services from Carcassonne and Perpignan to the town of Axat, however the quickest route is by car.  


Please contact us for more details.  Airport collection and pick-up can be arranged for a fee.

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