It’s a dream of many writers: to spend time at a quiet colony or residency the place you possibly can focus in your work. However too typically the one writers’ colonies we hear about are The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, prestigious residencies that solely settle for a tiny proportion of candidates.
The reality is, there are many different writers residencies to select from, lots of that are much less aggressive, so that you’re extra more likely to get accepted.
Our founder, Alexis Grant, loved three extremely productive residencies at The Hambidge Middle for the Inventive Arts & Sciences. “Don’t make the error of solely making use of to the super-competitive residencies, particularly should you’re an unpublished creator,” she stated. “There are such a lot of great residencies and colonies to select from.”
On the lookout for a writing residency? Listed here are 28 to think about
We’ve rounded up 28 high-quality writing residencies and retreats you might not find out about but. Whereas a few of these are fairly selective, others are somewhat extra open with their admission insurance policies.
1. Willapa Bay AiR
From the philosophy and mission; to the amenities; to the administration; to the meals; all has been properly thought out. Once I add within the beautiful locale and the attention-grabbing and supportive Oysterville group I don’t know the way it can get any higher. — Betsy Greatest-Spadaro, visible artist
This pretty new residency program, which was launched in 2014, is already making waves. It’s positioned in Southwestern Washington and provides month-long residencies to rising and established artists of every type. Lodging, meals and work area are supplied to 6 residents per 30 days from March 1 by September 30. Count on a $30 software charge — and a $100 refundable deposit to substantiate your residency should you’re admitted. (You’ll get it again as quickly as you arrive!)
2. Millay Colony for the Arts
I confirmed as much as Millay a lotta bit nervous however interested by what doorways in my work would open up there, out of my component. Fortunately, the workers and the land itself, which appears infused with some comfortable blessing by Edna herself, make it exhausting to not settle in and let the work take you. — Danez Smith, poet
This small artist’s colony occupies the previous property of Edna St. Vincent Millay in upstate New York, providing two-week and month-long residencies to 6 or seven artists between the months of April and November. In contrast to many different residencies, they don’t emphasize social occasions or audio system, as an alternative preferring so that you can give attention to producing your artwork. There are not any prices, and meals is included. You may as well apply for a digital residency or a gaggle residency should you’re collaborating with companions. Software deadlines are March 1 and October 1 every year; there’s a $40 software charge or $60 for the late deadlines (March eight and October eight).
three. Ucross Basis
At Ucross I realized that I’m able to focusing deeply for lengthy intervals of time. I like to write down. I don’t assume I’d have stated that earlier than this journey. — Edan Lepucki, novelist
A favourite amongst writers with the likes of Annie Proulx in its checklist of alumni, this colony is positioned on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch in Wyoming. It serves 85 artists per 12 months, with as much as ten individuals in residence at anybody time. Lunches are delivered to your door, whereas dinners are eaten collectively in a gaggle; towels, linens, and weekly housekeeping is supplied. Residencies final two to 6 weeks and are freed from cost. $40 nonrefundable software charge; March 1 and September 1 deadlines.
The month’s finish is a time I’m not wanting ahead to as a result of with the area itself being beautiful and comfortable, the meals being good, the individuals being great, and me being productive. I can see myself dreaming of this place as soon as I go away. — Jennifer Baker, fiction author
Sitting simply eight miles away from UCross is Jentel, which hosts month-long residencies year-round. This system accepts each established and rising artists, as long as you’re devoted to your craft and your work has a “private voice or imaginative and prescient.” Although meals isn’t included, they do present a $400 weekly stipend to assist with the prices of your journey. Candidates should be over the age of 25. Deadlines are January and September 15; $23 software charge.
5. Virginia Middle for the Inventive Arts
There was one thing magical about being in such a supportive and delightful surroundings, having a special place (studio) to go to every single day with the deliberate function of writing, and being impressed by the intense work ethic of all the opposite artists. — Penny Harter, poet
This selective residency provides two enticing places: one within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and one other in France, open to those that’ve already accomplished a home VCCA residency. Artists of every type are accepted. Residencies are supplied year-round and final from two weeks to 2 months, with 25 artists in residence at one time. You’ll obtain personal quarters and, within the case of the Virginia residency, three meals per day — and are requested to contribute what you possibly can, as much as their $150 per-day price to host you. (Residents on the French location will obtain one group dinner per week and are required to pay at the very least $70 per day.)
$40 software charge; deadlines are January, Might and September 15. (TWL Founder Alexis Grant attended this residency, and it’s a beautiful setting!)
6. Brush Creek Arts Basis
This place is actually superb and galvanizing. I spent my mornings, early afternoons, and evenings engaged on a brand new orchestra piece (nonetheless pending), and my late afternoons mountain climbing across the ranch… The opposite artists had been fascinating. — Kari Besharse, composer
Wyoming ranches are widespread locations for writers residencies! This one provides three-week residencies, full with lodging, meals, workspaces and pure magnificence — although residents are liable for all crucial work provides and transportation prices to Laramie, Wyoming Closed in December. $40 software charge; apply by September or March 1.
7. Rockvale Writers’ Colony
Tucked away on 65 acres of gorgeous countryside in School Grove, Tennessee, Rockvale Writers’ Colony is a brand new residency presently open to writers of all backgrounds and genres. Spacious and personal lodging are supplied in both a 160-year-old farmhouse or 150-year-old cabin, each of which have been outfitted inside with trendy facilities.
Residencies run for one, two, three or 4 weeks at a time, and residents pay $350 per week. Whilst you’ll be liable for making most of your personal meals, you’ll be given ample pantry and fridge area, and there’s a welcome dinner every Monday at 6 p.m. Purposes accepted year-round; $35 software charge.
eight. Omi Worldwide Arts Middle
The worldwide character of [Omi] sharpens your perspective on what it means to be a author exterior the united statesA. within the 21st century… As for the writing, my primary cause for being right here, it went crusing alongside, with only some days when the anchor dragged. — Alfred Corn, author
Writers Omi welcomes revealed writers of every type for residencies of 1 week to 2 months. Positioned on 300 acres in upstate New York, they provide full room and board and regularly host dinner visitors from the New York Metropolis publishing group. There isn’t a software charge, and no charge to attend.
9. Norton Island Residency
How did I get right here? The place am I? I really feel like I don’t exist, and it’s good. — The Magic Marvel Weblog
This 10-day residency is positioned off the coast of Maine and provides a country and outdoorsy expertise every summer season for a flat charge of $125. After we say “outdoorsy,” although, we imply it, so prepare: WiFi is restricted, cabins lack working water, and this system reminds you to “Be careful for wildlife—most of it superb, a few of it icky, all of it innocent.” $35 tax-deductible software charge.
10. Kimmel Harding Nelson Middle for the Arts
There was time to sleep in, time to remain up late and work, time to nap, time to eat when it was crucial. It allowed me to get wrapped up within the novel fully… The method of engagement was a lot extra full at KHN. — Theodore Wheeler, fiction author
Positioned in Nebraska Metropolis, Nebraska, the KHN Middle provides roughly 70 residencies per 12 months, for stays of two to eight weeks. If accepted, you’ll obtain free housing and a $100 stipend per week to cowl meals. $35 software charge; March 1 and September 1 deadlines.
11. Blue Mountain Middle
It’s exhausting to explain pleasure. It was like I had come house, however the way in which house could be in heaven: sure, a group within the Adirondacks, however cleaner, fancier, peaceable and protected. Extra artwork and extra cookies. — Micah Perks, novelist
Go off the grid within the coronary heart of the Adirondacks. This artist’s group provides three totally different month-long periods in the summertime and early fall, together with free room and board. Cell telephones aren’t welcome on the heart, although you’ll be capable to use its telephone sales space and laptop room with ethernet plug-ins (no WiFi right here!). $25 software charge.
12. Mineral Faculty
The Mineral Faculty saved me from myself. … The sweetness and the stillness of this panorama was a present. In it I may hear my very own voice as I hadn’t within the chaos of life at house, and I may lastly see the form of my novel. — Kirsten Lunstrum, fiction author
With sweeping western Washington views of Mineral Lake and Mount Rainier, it will be exhausting not to provide nice work at this residency, held in a renovated 1947 elementary faculty constructing. Open to writers of poetry, fiction, inventive non-fiction and screenplays, this system gives lodging, studio area and meals for 2 weeks on the worth of $425 — or $550 for screenwriters. (Hey, you guys have higher incomes potential, anyway!) Restricted fellowships can be found.
13. Vermont Studio Middle
This place actually captures the essence of “sanctuary.” Coming off of a really demanding working mother schedule, it was a present to have the time to hit the reset button and get to the inventive work that I’ve been that means to dedicate extra consideration to. — Monica Ong, visible artist and poet
One other favourite is the most important worldwide artists’ and writers’ residency program in the USA, internet hosting 50 visible artists and writers every month within the coronary heart of Northern Vermont.
Whereas writers give it excessive marks, it’s not low-cost; for the whole program, you’ll pay $four,250 for a four-week residency (which continues to be a backed quantity of the entire $four,950 price). Nonetheless, fellowships, grants and work-exchange packages can be found to assist scale back your price — in some circumstances, all the way in which all the way down to nothing. $25 software charge; deadlines are February 15, June 15 and October 1.
14. Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency at The Adirondack Middle
This two-week residency is obtainable yearly in October at a gorgeous lodge within the Adirondacks. Together with indoor and out of doors writing area, you’ll additionally get pleasure from communal meals and fireplace chats with an intimate group of writers, in addition to a single room with a non-public bathtub. Be suggested that disconnecting from actuality gained’t be optionally available, although; there’s not a lot cellphone protection at this location. (All the higher on your focus!)
Purposes open every year in spring between April and Might; $30 software charge.
15. Wildacres Retreat
The workers is superb. I really feel extremely well-cared for and really lucky to have had this chance to work in such a peaceful and peaceable surroundings. — Yvonne Dutchover, fiction author
If you happen to’re searching for a brief residency on the East Coast, look no additional. Wildacres provides one- and two-week residencies from April by October. You’ll keep in one in every of three cabins on their property within the mountains of North Carolina. Meals are served in the principle lodge, the place you’ll work together with non-artists — however you may as well eat in your quarters should you’re knee-deep in work. There’s a $20 software charge however no price if accepted. Deadline for 2020 residencies is December 1, 2019.
16. The Author’s Colony at Dairy Hole
It was a sport changer. I realized a fantastic deal about me and my life as a teacher-writer. It’s no small factor to come back nose to nose with one’s work with no distractions. And whereas it’s not one thing I may do on fixed foundation… it’s one thing I plan to include into my writing 12 months any longer. — Stephanie Vanderslice, inventive author and trainer
Open year-round, this colony in Arkansas hosts dozens of writers every year for residencies starting from one week to 3 months. If accepted, you’ll obtain both a backed normal residency or a fully-funded fellowship. Precise prices of the residencies are about $125 per evening, however non-fellowship residents contribute a flat $85 per evening in addition to a one-time $25 cleansing charge. There’s additionally an software charge of $35.
17. Anderson Middle
The writer of an unbiased press had helped display residency candidates, and earlier than I may even journey to Purple wing to start my month-long keep there, she reached out by electronic mail to go with me on my writing pattern and inquire about my novel-in-progress. … She agreed to suggest me to a handful of brokers, one in every of whom took me on as a shopper every week later. — Stephan Eirik Clark, fiction author
Primarily based within the scenic river metropolis of Purple Wing, Minnesota, the Anderson Middle provides two-tofour-week residencies for writers and students from Might by October — that’s, probably the most stunning months of the 12 months up there. Residents are supplied lodging, studio area, and weeknight dinners, however put together their very own breakfasts, lunches, and weekend eats, however the chef outlets on your groceries! Each rising and established artists are inspired to use, and there’s no software charge.
18. Tremendous Arts Work Middle
A well-established fellowship program that’s been providing residencies because the 1960s, the Tremendous Arts Work Middle residency is fairly darn selective — however a fantastic gig should you can land it. Annually, 20 artists are supplied a seven-month keep in its Provincetown, Massachusetts amenities, together with lodging, studio area, and a $750 month-to-month stipend. Writing fellowship purposes are due December 1 yearly, and have a hefty $50 charge which might’t be waived for any cause. However boy, should you make it in…
I had no guide once I was accepted to Hedgebrook in 1995. I’d revealed poems in a couple of journals however that was all… Quick ahead 18 years. The keep at Hedgebrook modified my life in a number of vital methods. — Susan Wealthy, poet
Whereas this residency is fairly well-known, we wished to incorporate it on this checklist as a result of it’s just for ladies, and just for writers. That includes six handcrafted cottages positioned on Whidbey Island, exterior of Seattle, roughly 40 ladies attend every year to immerse themselves in free residencies of two to 6 weeks in size, working from February by October. $30 software charge.
20. The Hambidge Middle for the Inventive Arts & Sciences
You realize that saying, “I can hear myself assume?” At this author’s colony, I can. I can hear the phrases and phrases bouncing round in my head, begging me to place them down on paper… I can get to the center of what I’m right here to do: Create. — The Write Life founder Alexis Grant
Positioned on 600 acres within the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge Middle residencies final from two to eight weeks. For meals and lodging, you’ll pay $250 per week — a fraction of the entire $1500 price to this system. Restricted scholarships can be found primarily for first-time residents, which waive the charges and supply a $700 weekly stipend. $30 software charge; deadlines are January, April, and September 15.
21. Kerouac Venture
This residency permits writers to spend three months typing away within the Orlando cottage the place literary legend Jack Kerouac wrote his acclaimed Dharma Bums. The Kerouac Venture provides 4 residencies a 12 months, and residents are anticipated to spend their time on their mission, take part in a Welcome Potluck Dinner at the beginning of their residency, and skim from their work on the finish. (Different occasions and workshops can be found if a resident is .) Individuals additionally obtain a $1000 meals stipend. $35 software charge.
22. New Orleans Writers’ Residency
There’s little extra inspiring than jazz, sturdy cocktails and beignets. If you wish to do some exhausting work within the Massive Straightforward, think about making use of for the New Orleans Writers’ Residency. If accepted, you’ll spend 4 weeks in a historic home with as much as 5 different writers, together with one or two same-sex roommates. Higher but, this system provides continental breakfasts in addition to a $200 weekly stipend for meals and dwelling bills, and as much as $350 for airfare. $25 software charge.
Worldwide writing residencies
23. Gullkistan (Iceland)
As a lot as I like New York, I wished to spend a month in a setting that couldn’t be extra totally different — I wished chic pure magnificence, peace and quiet, leisure and ease — a reset button for myself. Gullkistan was an excellent reply. – Ben Valentine, author
Positioned in Iceland’s Laugarvatn Valley, this quiet getaway has mountains, woods, creeks, and a peaceable setting. They welcome all kinds of artists, students and writers.. The minimal keep is one month, however they can work out a shorter keep for people who find themselves . Charges fluctuate based mostly on lodging desire, beginning at 850 Euros. No software charge.
24. Camargo Basis (France)
Inspiration got here from my magnificent view of the Mediterranean sea, that ever-changing physique of water — silvered over with daylight within the morning, Aegean blue within the afternoon, black as ink on nights and not using a moon — and from the area, silence, and freedom of self-direction the fellowship affords. — Amina Gautier, fiction author
Think about waking up every morning on the southern coast of France, with nothing in your to-do checklist however write, write, write. If you happen to land one in every of these six- to eleven-week residencies in Cassis, it could possibly be a actuality — together with transportation, lodging, and a $250 USD weekly stipend.
25. Arteles Inventive Middle (Finland)
Positioned within the Finnish countryside, these one- to two-month themed residencies are held at varied intervals year-round and home 11-14 artists per 30 days. Meals is just not supplied, however individuals get pleasure from a conventional Finnish wood-burning sauna and have entry to fully-equipped kitchens, in addition to a automobile and bicycles. This system additionally consists of one or two “silent days” per week — much less speaking, extra writing! Prices fluctuate based mostly on the residency in query, and monetary assist is accessible to assist those that in any other case wouldn’t be capable to attend. There’s no software charge, however you should be at the very least 23 years previous to use.
26. La Napoule Artwork Basis (France)
This French artwork basis hosts a number of totally different residency packages every year, open to interdisciplinary artists each rising and established. Attendees are housed in personal rooms within the just lately renovated Villa Marguerite, every with a sea or backyard view and a non-public toilet. Breakfast and plenty of weekday night meals are supplied, in addition to a $1000 stipend. Software charges fluctuate based mostly on the precise residency you select, however hover round $30.
27. Purple Gate Residency (China)
Stay and work in Beijing, China with this program which gives four-week residencies year-round, which might be stacked for as much as six months whole. Purple Gate will enable you to get entangled within the native artwork scene and canopy your airport pickup, native telephone line and a welcome dinner. Nonetheless, individuals are anticipated to pay their very own dwelling bills throughout this system or search funding and grants from artist organizations of their house nation. No software charge.
28. Studio Faire
All the things about Studio Faire facilitates inventive expression. Julia and Colin have actually opened up their house to create space for individuals to be their finest inventive selves, and I felt fully at house. It’s superb! — Jen Thorpe, Author
Studio Faire relies in an 1830’s mansion home, in a small city in South West France, offering residencies for as much as three Writers and Artists at a time. Rooms are spacious and mature gardens supply personal, shaded area for work and play. Residencies are self-directed and self catering, and run from March to November, lasting from 1 to four weeks. Studio Faire provides its residents a change of tempo and the area to create. Charges fluctuate based mostly on size of keep, with a four week residency costing 960 Euros. No software charge.
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