Hyam Plutzik Creative Writing Residency

The Family of Hyam Plutzik (Trinity ’32) is proud to offer an annual residency in South Beach in the Betsy Writers Room to a graduating senior or first year graduate student, with outstanding talent in the literary arts.

The award will be given in May as part of the graduation program. This residency comes with a $500 travel stipend, six days lodging, and a per-diem of $50. During the residency, the recipient will be invited to participate in an Arts Salon to share their work with the community; planning will be done in close partnership with the visiting artist. The residency will be awarded annually by the Director of Special Collections and Archives at the Watkinson, in cooperation with collegial advisors, for a residency to be scheduled directly with the Betsy Writer’s Room – at a mutually convenient time.

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About the Writer’s Room at the Betsy

The purpose of the Writer’s Room is to create a very special place on South Beach for writers and other creative artists where they can find the tranquility and inspiration needed to do their best work. The Betsy Hotel makes the room available to visiting artists and writers working a wide variety of domains and disciplines, at many project stages, but with a hyper-focus on poets during final-stage efforts.

Community Partnerships

In the greater Miami and national arts communities, the Betsy Hotel collaborates with the Plutzik Poetry Series (University of Rochester); Florida International University Creative Writing Program; the Society for the Study of Jewish American & Holocaust Literature (JAHLIT); Next At 19th; University of Wynwood and the O, Miami festival; Yoko Ono Wish Tree Project; Miami Design Preservation League; the John Lennon Tour Bus, and many other arts and educational partners. The Betsy has worked with over 200 nonprofit partners since its’ re-opening in 2009.


The Betsy (and the Writer’s Room) have been lauded for contributions to community by local, national, and international entities, including:

• John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Arts Challenge Grant – for the Writer’s Room – 2012

• Boutique Lifestyle and Lodging Association – Best Boutique Hotel – 2012 (For a unique and powerful hospitality commitment to Philanthropy, Arts, and Culture)

• Miami Dade Public Schools – Outstanding Charity Volunteer – 2013 (Presented by the Superintendent to the region’s most selfless educational promoter)

• Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce – Good to Great Award – for an outstanding socially conscious business– 2013 (Nominated by the President of Florida International University for partnerships with the Departments of English, Creative Writing, Hospitality, and Music)