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Writer in Residence – Cascade Ntl. Park

North Cascades Ntl. Park Residency, WA

The Artist-in-Residence will be a practicing artist with a portfolio of published, performed, or exhibited works. Applications are accepted from visual artists, writers, musicians, and other creative individuals.
Residencies can be from 3-6 weeks. Spring and fall options (usually from September 15 to the end of October). Artists only – sorry, no family or pets.

“We provide a home in surroundings that will inspire you and space and opportunity for reflection. The artists selected present at least two programs while in residence. Workshops, talks, digital photography classes, plein air painting workshops, musical concerts or other educational presentations. Sent three samples of written work. Storytellers send 5-10 minutes of work on CD or DVD. Deadline for Fall residency is July 1.”

Application Guidelines:



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Are You Dreaming About Undisturbed Writing?

Are you a writer looking for an opportunity to take full advantage of unencumbered time with few distractions to bolster your writing? Check out these writer residences:

Writers Residency in Playa, Oregon, USA


Artists and Writers Residency in Playa, Oregon
Playa supports artists, writers, and natural scientists who are committed and passionate about their work and who will benefit from time spent in Playa’s remote location. Residencies may be one-, two- or three-months and include accommodation and food. Located at the northeastern edge of the Great Basin in southeastern Oregon. The deadline for Playa’s winter/spring 2013 fellowship residencies will be announced in June 2012. Application fee $25


Platteforum, Denver, CO
6-10-week residencies for artists working in all disciplines to advance their works by taking risks and exploring new possibilities. Each resident dedicates time to groups of youth in Learning Labs or intensive workshops that build upon the ideas and forms of the resident artist. Residency provides housing with adjacent studio, weekly stipend ($250), public and private receptions for the artist, and access to a broad network of established artists. Deadlines are in May of every year. Application fee $25

Amy Clampitt Fund
Applications are invited from poets or literary scholars of poetry with professional standing in their fields as well as emergingpoets/scholars are eligible for residencies. The level of accomplishment of the work submitted will be considered as it is commensurate with the applicant’s age and/or experience. The Amy Clampitt Fund Residency Program encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.
The Residency award consists of the use of the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, MA free and clear for a six-month or twelve-month period beginning on February 1, 2013 and ending on January 19, 2014. Grants for travel to and from the Clampitt House are available in exceptional circumstances. A monthly stipend of $2,500 is paid to the resident fellow. It is expected that the resident fellow reside in the house full-time and focusing exclusively on his/her creative work.
Lenox is in rural Western Massachusetts, bordering Northern Connecticut and Eastern New York. As public transportation is virtually non-existent, it is necessary that residents make arrangements for their own transportation for the duration of the residency.  August 1, 2012: Deadline for submission of Applications for the 2013 Residency.



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Writers Workshop in Maine

Fifth House Lodge is a retreat for writers located one hour west of Portland in Maine’s lake and mountain country. The lodge sits on a high hill with views to the surrounding mountains and countryside. It is a place of extraordinary simplicity, beauty and peace.
Program Description:  Hands-on workshops that focus on the writing process & includes writing, feedback.


Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Nature, Non-fiction
Expressive writing teacher Joan Lee Hunter leads all writing workshops & retreats.
Costs $150-$650 for 1- to 4-day programs; lodging at Fifth House Lodge is $80/night.
Months: Year round

Contact: Joan Lee Hunter, Director
Fifth House Lodge Retreat
535 S. Bridgton Road,  Bridgton, ME 04009




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Free Writers Retreats – Apply Now


Artists and writers who live in New York State (including NYC) are invited to apply for month-long summer residencies.  Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, January 14, 2012.  Categories are poetry and creative nonfiction. A $500 stipend is provided to help defray travel costs. The stunning 200-acre colony is located just a few miles outside of downtown Ithaca in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region.
Deadline January 15, 2012 for residencies during June through September. Deadline April 15, 2012 for residencies during  October through January 31, 2013. The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of  exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.
Eligibility: The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way.

from: Fundsforwriters.


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Are you an Author from Canada?



Found in FundsforWritiers: The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time and a remote location to pursue their professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities.

A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. The writer is responsible for their own telephone bill. Travel costs to and from Dawson will be covered. 

The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all encouraged to apply.

The writer is also encouraged to:

* interface with the public and the local literary community
* feature their work in local newspapers and on local radio stations
* avail themselves for interviews with local media
* hold writing workshops in the community and/or at the schools and colleges


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Writers Colony in Provincetown




The Norman Mailer Center, Cape Code, MA, has established a writers retreat program for emerging, mid-career and distinguished writers from November 1, 2011 through May 1, 2012.

The Colony will select writers on a rolling basis, based on merit. These writers can work as they wish independently of outside influences at the Mailer home with the support of the Colony’s winter staff.




Every other week there will be an evening at the Mailer home hosted by the Colony where the residents can socialize with other writers from the Fine Arts Work Center, local artists, and other writers who study or reside in the Provincetown area. Accommodations will be at the Mailer house.

The entire home, including shared kitchen privileges, will be available to three writers at a time. Each writer will have his/her own bedroom with private bath and/or shower on the second floor of the Mailer home.

Application can be found here:




Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Writers Residency


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Writers Retreats and Workshops

Writers retreats and workshops are a wonderful opportunity to load the batteries, make new friends, learn a lot about writing and book marketing and overcome writers block. Not to speak about the recreational aspect…

Here is a short excerpt of what’s offered for authors in 2011 in Canada:

BANFF Alberta, Canada

Writing With Style (Fall) Program dates: September 11, 2011 – September 17, 2011
Application deadline: June 15, 2011



Program Length 8 weeks, several times a year
Group Ratio 1-5
Program Focus Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction Novelist Pearl Luke, MA, 21 years writing/teaching/ editing experience; winner 2001

Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel in Canada/Caribbean; nominee for the 2008 IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award.



Program Focus Fiction, Non-fiction Independent Writing Retreat 2011
July 24, 2011 7:00 P.M. –  29, 2011 1:00 P.M
Gwen Davies is a writer, creative writing teacher, and the founder of Nova Scotia’s summer writing retreat Community of Writers. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines including The Antigonish Review and Pottersfield Portfolio, and in The Blue Jean Collection from Thistledown Press. She won the Javier de Mier Literary Contest in Madrid, Spain (in translation) in 2002. Gwen has also worked across Nova Scotia as a journalist for the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, Atlantic Insight Magazine and others. She graduated with a BA Hons from Wilfrid Laurier and a BJ from King’s, and is an active member of the writing community of Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia

Hunts Point Nova Scotia

Program Focus Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Children’s: July 4-8, 2011
Time: One-day workshops run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Evening workshops run from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Getting Started Non-Fiction Writing for Fun and Profit
Workshop in Creative Short Fiction
The Thrill and Romance of Popular Fiction
Write in Nature Murder and Mayhem
Mystery Writing Pitching the Publisher
Life Lines: Writing the Stories of Your Life
Going Whole Blog: Writing for the blogosphere


The Humber School for Writers
July 9 – July 15, 2011
Program Description AM classes, PM lectures, readings, one-on-one meeting with instructor
Program Length 7 days Group Size or S:T Ratio 80
Program Focus Fiction, Poetry
Faculty 2011: Richard Bausch, David Bezmozgis, Wayson Choy, Bruce Jay Friedman, Julia Glass, Isabel Huggan, Alistair MacLeod, John Metcalf, Kim Moritsugu, Nino Ricci, Olive Senior, Guy Vanderhaeghe,
Erika de Vasconcelos, Frieda Wishinsky


More on Writer’s Retreats in the USA will follow.


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