"We must add to our heritage or lose it.– D. Lowenthal


The Mastheads is a new writers’ residency program in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, founded on the history of American Renaissance authors who produced work there in the mid-19th century.

The mission of The Mastheads is to use this history as a platform to support the imagination and production of new creative work in Pittsfield.

The physical studio spaces that comprise The Mastheads are architectural interpretations of the original structures from which Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. wrote while in Pittsfield.

The program’s inaugural season is July 2017, when five selected writers will be paired with a private studio for a month-long residency, complemented by city-wide public programming and events.