International Writers’ and Translators’ House


International Writers’ and Translators’ House offers 7 residential rooms for professional writers and translators from the whole world.

Thanks to the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation, Ventspils House offers the opportunity to apply for a scholarship (320 EUR) for the undertaking of creative literary work, while living at the House for up to four weeks.

Thanks to the Nordic Culture Point since 2009 Vriters House invites writers and translators from the Nordic countires to apply for the residency and give a grant 440 EUR per four weeks, plus cover the travel costs.

Since 2014 due to the support of the Ministry of Culture Ventspils house has developed a new programme for  translators from the Latvian language. The house provides a grant for 2 months residency and an intensive course of the Latvian language in co-operation with the Ventspils University.

The Ministry of Culture attracted finances from the State budget to provide for the initiation and continuation of the Ventspils House.


Residency Programme since: 2006
Description of Organisation:

The aim of the establishment of the International Writers’ and Translators’ House is to create a multifunctional international writer’s and translator’s centre, which promotes the development of literature, encourages cross-cultural dialogue and introduces the Latvian literary process to international circulation; to facilitate the decentralisation of the development of literature in Latvia by fostering a suitable cultural environment in regional Latvia.

The idea to create such a venue in Latvia belongs to writer Nora Ikstena, who was supported by the Minister of Culture by establishing a successful collaborative partnership with the Ventspils City Council and Latvian Literature Centre.


Organisation founded in: 2005
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
  • German
  • Latvian
  • Russian
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We do have co-operation with Ventspils University Translators Faculty and Liepaja University Creative Writting Masters’ Programme
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 30 EUR per week
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 320 EUR for the creation of a creative literary work, while living at the House for up to four weeks. For writers from Nordic countries grant is 440 EUR per four weeks.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Riga Airport
    Nearest Train Station: no trains
    How to reach by plane: If you travel by plane then the final destination is Riga.After you arrive in the Riga Airport you take a public bus No 22 and go till the city centre. It will take some 45 minutes. The bus ticket you buy at the driver in the bus and it cost 2,00 euro. From the Central Bus Station of Riga you take a bus to Ventspils. The ticket costs around 7,55 euro. The travel takes three hours. The House is five minutes to go from the Bus Station.
    How to reach by train: There is no train to Ventspils.
    How to reach by car: If you travel by car then please google Ventspils, Annas iela 13. There is a parking place near the Ventspils House.
    How to reach by boat: There are ferries from Nyneshamn (Sweden) to Ventspils and from Travemunde (germany) to Liepaja.
    Street & Number: Annas iela 13
    Postal Code: LV-3601
    City: Ventspils
    Country long: Latvia
    Annas iela 13
    Ventspils LV-3601 LVA
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