Artist Residency in Tufo

Frankly, this place works magic—particularly the little desk by the ping-pong table.  –Simone Zelitch, Artist in Residence, 2018

Rosa di Tufo is a supporter of the arts, and offers special rates for artists to live and work out of Rosa for extended periods of time.

The house is a quiet, peaceful, pretty place to work, and low on distractions (no internet, for one). Tufo itself has a familial, peculiar character to it that our artists have so far found conducive to finding new and unsuspected perspectives. Our rates are $200 per week per artist, and $600 per month.

To apply for a spot, email Patrick at with your resume, a sample of your work, a proposed body of work for the residency, and an idea of when you’d want to come out. The application fee is $10 via Paypal ( or Venmo (@pjdmcneil).

Click here for a Q&A with artist in residence and novelist Simone Zelitch. During her residency, she managed to complete a full first draft of her upcoming novel, The Hill. Here’s some of what she had to say about her time in Rosa:

I spent altogether a month and a half at Rosa di Tufo, the first month in solitude, the last weeks in the company of a wonderful group of writers. During that time, I was able to complete a full draft of a novel I’d been struggling with since 2011, certainly at least 80 thousand words. Frankly, this place works magic—particularly the little desk by the ping-pong table. When I couldn’t figure out how a plot-problem would get resolved, I’d look out from the balcony and ask the horse or donkey, walk up a road and get a little lost, or use the pigeon activity on the roof as a way to activate my imagination. I think what I wrote here is pretty good. I know the space is extraordinary.

And here to see our annual Writers Retreat.

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