Opportunities For Authors: Get Funding to Travel to Scandinavia, and Abroad


After the Scandinavian buzz at London Bookfair in April 2017, you’re plotting your (historical) novel, set in Sweden, Finland, Norway or Denmark, right?

Be honest: You’re thinking about writing this “Scandi Noir” crime novel. (Aren’t we all right now?)

If you need funding to travel to Scandinavia, I’ve got you covered.

Find your travel grant by searching these multiple fundings for Scandinavian countries, such as Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Faroer Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Åland. They also offer residencies in all Nordic countries. Best to join their (English) mailing list for current opportunities.

Or stay in these writers’ houses in Sweden and Norway. Here’s another opportunity just for Sweden. And if you need assistance when planning your research trip abroad, work through my guide and workbook for authors.


Want to write abroad, but elsewhere in the world? 

Apply as a writer-in-residence. After spending 4 weeks in a blissfully quiet writers’ house in France, I highly recommend doing this. The opportunities are countless.

TransArtists is the biggest source of information on artist-in-residence opportunities worldwide, with around 1400 residency opportunities. They not only list the opportunities, but also include first-hand artists’ experiences, research, contacts and advice. Browse their extensive database of opportunities at www.transartists.org. Another great database for finding your residency is Res Artis. Their mission is “stimulating the creative development and mobility of artists, and furthering intercultural understanding.” Find their residency database at http://resartis.org/en

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Best of luck if you decide to apply, 

Dr. Barbara


Curated by Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, historian and author. I publish helpful resources for authors who want to write novels and non-fiction books with a historical setting.


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