Featured Writer’s Residency: The Hambidge Center, a Secluded Getaway in the Georgia Mountains

Studio at The Hambidge Center
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This is part of our series on writer’s residencies. We feature residencies around the world, so you can learn about opportunities that might be a good fit for you!

The Hambidge Center is a creative oasis in the woods of north Georgia. Artists of all types take refuge in cottages scattered around the 600-acre property, working in solitude for weeks at a time. Residents rave about vegetarian dinners cooked by the on-site chef and nature trails that zigzag around the property. Only nine creatives are in residence at any given time, which fosters an intimate and productive experience.

Details

Where: Rabun Gap, Georgia; in the Blue Ridge Mountains about two hours north of Atlanta.

Who: All artists are welcome at Hambidge, including writers of fiction, poetry, journalism, literary nonfiction, cookbooks, playwriting, screenwriting and storytelling.

Size: Maximum of nine residents at any given time.

Facilities: Each resident enjoys a private cottage for both sleeping and working. There’s also a communal kitchen, dining and lounging area known as the Rock House.

Image: The Rock House at Hambidge

Time frame: From two to eight weeks, depending on the time of year. Applicants can specify how many weeks they’d like to stay.

Cost: $200/week. More than 25 scholarships are available for first-time residents.

Food: Partly included. A chef prepares dinner for all residents several times each week. Residents are welcome to enjoy the chef’s many leftovers throughout the week but are otherwise responsible for the rest of their meals.

Application deadlines: Jan 15 (for May-August residencies); April 15 (for Sept.-Dec.); Sept. 15 (for Feb.-April)

Application requirements: Applicant statement, bio, resume and work samples, plus a $30 application fee. Here’s where to apply.

Plus: The cottages do not have the distraction of Internet access, but residents can use wifi in the Rock House.

Image: Mellinger Studio at Hambidge

Alexis Grant is managing editor of The Write Life. She has completed three residencies at The Hambidge Center and took all photos in this post.

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Alexis Grant is managing editor of The Write Life. A writer and blogger who specializes in careers, she left her day job as a journalist in mid-2011 to grow her own business. In addition to helping small businesses with online content like blogging and social media, she offers di... .

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Comments

  1. Great idea for a series, if only for a daydream. Maybe one day…

    It’s especially topical considering Amtrak’s exciting announcement about their new writers’ residencies.

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