Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship and High School Programs

Applications for open Fellowship and High School Programs are listed below. For general questions about program eligibility please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at or 312-435-5961.

The Union League Club of Chicago Library

The Luminarts/ULC Library residency is intended to give writers the time, space, and resources to pursue creative work in the inspired surrounding that is the ULC. 

Writers in Residence will be in residence for approximately 8 weeks at the Union League Club of Chicago Library. During this time the Writers in Residence will be provided with full access to the Union League Club Library, space to work, will have an optional reading/event hosted in their honor, and Luminarts Fellows/Awardees will receive a $1,000 stipend from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation to support their time in residence.

In addition to the time to write, ULC Library Writers in Residence will have the opportunity to participate in the Union League Club's Authors Program Luncheons, Book Discussion Group, and Professional Critiques.


The ULC Library Residency Committee will review applications and proposals to determine residency invitations. Once selected, Fellow residents will meet with Luminarts' Executive Director and the ULC Librarian to discuss the residency in detail, and answer questions before getting started.

The Space

As one of the Club's oldest established amenities, the Union League Club of Chicago Library prides itself on upholding a long tradition of individualized care as well as keeping up to date on the latest titles for reading, watching, or listening enjoyment. This dynamic resource is staffed by a team of professional librarians. The Library offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, films, and television series for check out. In addition to the variety of materials available to take home and enjoy, the Library offers magazine and newspaper subscriptions and a Business Information Center for use at the Club. The Library provides a unique, peaceful environment for escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, while working at one of our tables, relaxing in a cozy chair, or enjoying a good book.

The Responsibility

  • ULC Library Residents are expected to spend at least 10 hours / week in the ULC Library.
  • ULC Library Residents are encouraged to explore projects that engage or welcome members of the Union League Club of Chicago.
  • While it is not the expectation of Luminarts/ULC Library that residents will complete works during the residency, the ULC Library will host an optional event for residents such as a sharing recent or current work.

Residency Dates Available

  • 8 weeks between June - August, 2019

For more information about the ULC Library Writer in Residence Program, or for questions about eligibility and guidelines please contact or call (312) 435-5961.

Luminarts Cultural Foundation