Books push their writer forward…. The act of writing, itself, will prove more than its writer. The act of writing, itself, is an evolution; from the Latin, volvere, volvi, volutum, to roll. The unrolling of the secret scroll, the thing suspected but not realized until present.

—  Jeanette Winterson

Each year, the selected Into the Furnace and Out of the Forge residents are introduced to the greater Pittsburgh literary community the first Saturday in October at Wood-Fired Words. This lively program at UnSmoke Systems Artspace features a reading by the writer, music, art, and wood-fired pizza from the community oven.

The writer him or herself is welcome to participate in the many community revitalization efforts ongoing in Braddock and in the writing community there and in the Pittsburgh area.

Mainly, this opportunity is for a writer to write.

There is no application process for the residency.