The Rhode Island Writers Colony is the brainchild of the non-profit arts organization Third Floor Studios founded by Brook and John Stephenson. They are the sons of retired high school art teacher and visual artist James C. Stephenson. James’ attic studio and his archives of materials that cover the breadth of visual arts-all genres, all styles, all cultures-is the spirit of Third Floor Studios. His memory drives them to empower the next wave of artists of color by assisting them in gaining economic stability. They hope to host the next Pulitzer Prize winner, Booker Prize winner, or New York Times bestselling author. The 2017 Residency Dates are August 13-27.