The Orphanage is a three-month residency that gives writers a comfortable and collaborative work environment where they can focus intensively on their projects with the support of other talented writers. The writers who will benefit from the success of this residency have not yet been chosen. It is up to you to decide who will earn a place in the Orphanage. If you’re a writer, it may even help you.
We have had close to a dozen film and literary agents express interest in what is written at the residency. This is not only an opportunity to write, but to have your work read by people who can have great influence on your career.
Unlike other residencies and writing competitions, the inhabitants of the Orphanage will not be decided by one mysterious person, or even a panel of unknowns, but will be chosen by the collectivity of the Internet. If your pitch is engaging enough to reach an audience, you have an opportunity to be part of the Orphanage. Writer’s pitches are now being posted online for all to judge at http://www.theorphanageresidency.com/contest, and six members will be voted in through crowdsourcing. Each pitch has thirty days to be voted up or down (to ensure it's not a popularity contest) by our community. Each writer will have an unbiased, equal opportunity at being one of the top six writers.
After pledging a minimum of $50 to the kickstarter campaign (if we don't raise enough for the residency, nobody will be charged a thing), you will be emailed a registration link. From there you can create your profile and submit your pitch. How you pitch yourself will be entirely up to you. Sell yourself and your writing the best way you know how.
HOW IT'S FUNDED
The residency will be funded through Kickstarter pledges. If enough isn't raised to cover the amount of overhead, nobody gets charged anything, and the residency doesn't happen. The submission fee to be in the contest will be a $50 pledge (again, that isn't charged unless the Kickstarter goal is met.) $50 is a minimum requirement for submission. Anything above and beyond will help ensure that the residency comes to fruition, and will be even more beneficial to the project. People who love great storytelling and want to support up and coming writers are able to pledge as well, and will get some great rewards for doing so.
WHAT IS BEING FUNDED
The Orphanage will be located in a beautiful, artistic, warehouse loft space in the Los Angeles area. These Kickstarter funds will go toward the space, its furnishings, and bills. Any money raised beyond the cost of the residency’s overhead will be divvied between the writers for personal living expenses.
The Orphanage Residency will be open to members 24 hours a day. There will be required weekly sessions to critique the works in progress. At the end of the residency, each work will be read by hired actors in front of an audience.
All photos and footage of spaces on this website are merely to show what kind of loft will be used for the residency, but these are not the specific location. The location will be determined by what is available at the end of the Kickstarter campaign and the contest that follows.
Members of the Orphanage must be willing to give copies of works completed in the residency to those who pledge to this campaign. You retain all rights to your work, this is simply a small reward for helping make the residency happen.
One of the six members will be chosen by the Orphanage, and not through the contest.
March 2nd - 60 day Kickstarter campaign launches. Coinciding contest launches. Each pitch will have 30 days to be voted up or down before expiring.
April 30th - Kickstarter Campaign ends. Last pitches are submitted.
May 30th - Voting ends for the last pitches of the contest.
July 1st - Residency opens for three months.