26 Amazing Writing Residencies You Should Apply for This Year

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It’s a dream of many writers: to spend time at a quiet colony or residency where you can focus on your work. But too often the only writers’ colonies we hear about are The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, prestigious residencies that only accept a tiny percentage of applicants.

The truth is, there are lots of other wonderful writer’s residencies to choose from, many of which are less competitive, so you’re more likely to get accepted.

Our founder, Alexis Grant, enjoyed three highly productive residencies at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, and she is convinced that a big reason we don’t hear about the non-MacDowell-level residencies is because the writers who frequent these places aren’t always digitally savvy; rather than participating in online communities or blogging, they spend their time writing.

Here are 26 high-quality writing residencies and retreats you may not know about yet. While some of these are quite selective, others are a little more open with their admission policies.

1. Willapa Bay AiR

From the philosophy and mission; to the facilities; to the administration; to the meals; all has been well thought out. When I add in the lovely locale and the interesting and supportive Oysterville community I don’t know how it can get any better. — Betsy Best-Spadaro, visual artist

This fairly new residency program is already making waves. It’s located in Southwestern Washington and offers month-long residencies to emerging and established artists of all types. Lodging, meals and work space are provided to six residents per month from March 1 through September 30. $30 application fee.

2. Millay Colony for the Arts

For many reasons, my residency stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts has been the most prolific, in terms of artistic production and concentrated work. I attribute that to not only the bucolic and remote country landscape, which accords one lonely hikes, clear blue skies and muddy roads, but also the sheer lack of human interaction for my 26 days while in residence. — Kate Hers Rhee, visual artist

This small artist’s colony in upstate New York offers two-week and month-long residencies to six artists between the months of April and November. Unlike many other residencies, they don’t emphasize social events or speakers,  instead preferring for you to focus on producing your art. There are no costs, and food is included. You can also apply for a virtual residency or a “group residency” with your collaborating partners. $35 application fee.

3. Ucross Foundation

At Ucross I learned that I am capable of focusing deeply for long periods of time. I love to write. I don’t think I would have said that before this trip. — Edan Lepucki, novelist

A favorite among writers, this colony is located on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch in Wyoming. It serves 85 artists per year, with up to nine people in residence at any one time. Lunches are delivered to your door, while dinners are eaten together in a group. Residencies last two to six weeks and are free of charge. $40 application fee.

4. Jentel

The month’s end is a time I am not looking forward to because with the space itself being gorgeous and comfy, the food being good, the people being wonderful, and me being productive I can see myself dreaming of this place once I leave. — Jennifer Baker, fiction writer

Sitting just eight miles away from UCross is Jentel, which hosts month-long residencies year-round; two writers and four visual artists are accepted for each session. Though food isn’t included, they do provide a stipend to help with the costs of your trip. Applicants must be over the age of 25. $23 application fee.

5. Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

There was something magical about being in such a  supportive and beautiful environment, having a different place (studio) to go to every day with the deliberate purpose of writing, and being inspired by the serious work ethic of all the other artists. — Penny Harter, poet

This selective residency is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and accepts artists of all types. Residencies are offered year-round and last from two weeks to two months, with around 20 artists in residence at one time. You’ll receive three meals per day and are asked to contribute what you can, up to their $180 per-day cost to host you. $40 application fee. (TWL Founder Alexis Grant attended this residency, and it is a lovely setting!)

6. Brush Creek Arts Foundation

This place is truly amazing and inspiring. I spent my mornings, early afternoons, and evenings working on a new orchestra piece (still pending), and my late afternoons hiking around the ranch… The other artists were fascinating. — Kari Besharse, pomposer

Wyoming ranches are popular places for writer’s residencies! This one offers two- and four-week residencies, complete with lodging, meals, workspaces and natural beauty. They provide bag lunches and communal dinners. Closed in December. $35 application fee.

7. Writing Between the Vines

Like wine and solitude? Then you’ll love this residency. Available at several different vineyards on the West Coast, this is different from other residencies in that there’s no community of artists. You’ll have a private cottage in which to write, with nobody else around to distract you. No meals are offered, though your stay is free if you’re accepted. $30 application fee.

8. Omi International Arts Center

The international character of [Omi] sharpens your perspective on what it means to be a writer outside the U.S.A. in the 21st century… As for the writing, my main reason for being here, it went sailing along, with only a few days when the anchor dragged. — Alfred Corn, writer

Writers Omi welcomes published writers of all types for residencies of one week to two months. Located on 300 acres in upstate New York, they offer full room and board and frequently host dinner guests from the New York City publishing community. There is no application fee, and no fee to attend.

9. Norton Island Residency

How did I get here? Where am I? I feel like I don’t exist, and it’s nice. — The Magic Wonder Blog

This residency is located off the coast of Maine and offers a rustic and outdoorsy experience for a flat fee of $125. It was closed for renovations in 2015, but the 2016 application will be available on their website in fall 2015. $25 application fee.

10. Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

There was time to sleep in, time to stay up late and work, time to nap, time to eat when it was necessary. It allowed me to get wrapped up in the novel completely… The process of engagement was so much more complete at KHN. — Theodore Wheeler, fiction writer

Located in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the KHN Center offers up to 60 residencies per year, for stays of two to eight weeks. If accepted, you’ll receive free housing and a $100 stipend per week to cover food. $35 application fee.

11. Blue Mountain Center

It’s hard to describe joy. It was like I had come home, but the way home would be in heaven: yes, a community in the Adirondacks, but cleaner, fancier, peaceful and safe. More art and more cookies. — Micah Perks, novelist

Go off the grid in the heart of the Adirondacks. This artist’s community offers four different month-long sessions in the summer and early fall, including free room and board. Cell phones aren’t welcome at the center, though you’ll be able to use its phone booth and computer room with ethernet plug-ins (no Wi-Fi here!). $25 application fee.

12. Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency

Perhaps the biggest advantage of doing a residency is to reminded of what I learned  in graduate school: The importance of integrating and valuing regular writing and reading every day. It is easy to get distracted, rush through life, and do only the paid work and chores during the week. — Chloe Yelena Miller, poet and freelance writer

This residency wants to give you time and space to create. They host nine writers at a time in the spring and fall for residencies of two to six weeks. The cost of lodging is $300 per week, and food is not included. $10 application fee.

13. Vermont Studio Center

VSC recreates the best parts of the MFA experience: living in a community of writers (artists), having time to devote to your craft, the sense that what you are working on is important, and friends to have a beer with at the end of the night. — Brendan Lynaugh, writer

Another favorite is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month in the heart of Northern Vermont.

While writers give it high marks, it’s not cheap; for the complete program, you’ll pay $2,050 for two weeks or $3,950 for four weeks. Some fellowships, grants and work-exchange programs are available to help reduce your cost. $25 application fee.

14. The Edward F. Albee Foundation

My room looked out over a rolling lawn and at night I could hear deer crossing through the streams in the surrounding woods. It was beautiful. Everything I imagined and I was lucky enough to be in residence with a great group of people who were also amazing cooks. — Nichelle Tramble, novelist

Located on a knoll on Long Island, “The Barn” is easy to get to, yet still secluded. It’s open from mid-May to mid-October and accepts artists for four- or six-week residencies. The Albee Foundation can accommodate up to five people at a time and does not provide food. But there’s no cost to apply and no fees if accepted.

15. Wildacres Retreat

If you’re looking for a short residency on the East Coast, look no further. Wildacres offers one- and two-week residencies from April through October. You’ll stay in one of three cabins on their property in the mountains of North Carolina. Meals are served in the main lodge, where you’ll interact with non-artists. There is a $20 application fee but no cost if accepted.

16. The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow

It was a game changer. I learned a great deal about me and my life as a teacher-writer. It is no small thing to come face to face with one’s work with no distractions. And while it is not something I could do on constant basis… it is something I plan to incorporate into my writing year from now on. — Stephanie Vanderslice, creative writer and teacher

Open year-round, this colony in Arkansas hosts 50 writers each year for residencies ranging from one week to three months. If accepted, you’ll receive either a subsidized general residency or a fully-funded fellowship. Actual costs of the residencies are $170 per night, and they request residents contribute at least $60 per night. You can also expect a $25 cleaning fee and a $20 fee for Internet access. $35 application fee.

17. Writers in the Heartland

I’m back from my writing residency, which I can only describe as a wonderful and strange week full of so much hard work, good company in the other writers, and warm hospitality from the spa staff and guests. — Laura Maylene Walter, fiction writer

This small program in Illinois offers no-cost residences in September and October to up to five writers at a time. They provide three meals a day and 32 acres of woods and farmland for hiking, running and meditation. $20 application fee.

18. Artcroft

My writing for these first couple of weeks has been going well. The structure I set up for myself is working as I had hoped. I am getting to know the characters and find them interesting. I’m enjoying the story that is unfolding. — Jason F. McDaniel, writer

Ever wanted to work on a cattle ranch? Here’s your shot. Artcroft offers two- to four-week residencies on a working farm in Kentucky. They provide lodging and food staples, but you’ll be expected to help in cooking and other chores averaging 20 hours per week. $30 application fee.

19. Hedgebrook

I had no book when I was accepted to Hedgebrook in 1995. I’d published poems in a few journals but that was all… Fast forward 18 years. The stay at Hedgebrook changed my life in several important ways. — Susan Rich, poet

While this residency is pretty well-known, we wanted to include it on this list because it’s only for women, and only for writers. In their words, “We provide the time, space, and nourishment. All you do is write.” Featuring six cottages located on Whidbey Island, outside of Seattle, 40 women attend each year free residencies of two to six weeks from February through October. $30 application fee.

20. The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences

You know that saying, “I can hear myself think?” At this writer’s colony, I can. I can hear the words and phrases bouncing around in my head, begging me to put them down on paper… I can get to the heart of what I’m here to do: Create. — The Write Life founder Alexis Grant

Located on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, residencies last from two to eight weeks and cost $200 per week (though scholarships are available). $30 application fee.

21. Kerouac Project

This residency allows writers to spend three months typing away in the Orlando cottage where literary legend Jack Kerouac wrote his acclaimed Dharma Bums. The Kerouac Project offers four residencies a year, and residents are expected to spend their time on their project, give a talk at the end of their residency, and participate in occasional events (such as readings and workshops) held at the cottage. Participants also receive an $800 food stipend. $25 application fee.

International Residencies

22. Gullkistan (Iceland)

As much as I love New York, I wanted to spend a month in a setting that couldn’t be more different — I wanted sublime natural beauty, peace and quiet, relaxation and simplicity — a reset button for myself. Gullkistan was an ideal answer. – Ben Valentine, writer

Located in Iceland’s Laugarvatn Valley, this quiet getaway has mountains, woods, creeks, and a peaceful setting. They welcome all sorts of artists and writers and have space for eight people at a time. The minimum stay is one month, but they may be able to work out a shorter stay for people who are interested. Fees vary based on accommodation preference, starting at 750 Euros. No application fee.

23. 360 Xochi Quetzal (Mexico)

This residency in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico offers three to five live/work spaces in a small town with horses trotting on cobblestones and cowboys riding by. Writers over the age of 23 are welcome to apply for free one-month residency programs that include accommodations and a food stipend of 1,000 pesos. Apply for a summer or winter program or rent a live/work space other times of the year. $36 application fee

24. Arteles Creative Center (Finland)

Located in the Finnish countryside, these one to two-month residencies, available from June through October, house around 10 artists at any given time. Food is not provided, but participants enjoy a traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna and have access to a car and bicycle. Financial support is available, which reduces the cost to 970 Euros per month for one person in a single room with studio space; the full cost is 1,940 Euros per month.

25. La Napoule Art Foundation (France)

Apply for this interdisciplinary group residency and France for a five-week residency. Up to 10 artists at once live and work in Chateau de La Napoule. Some meals are provided, and $1,000 stipends may be available. $30 application fee.

26. Red Gate Residency (China)

Live and work in Beijing, China with this program which provides one to six-month residencies. Up to 20 residents can be in the program at any one time. However, participants are expected to pay their own living expenses during the program or seek funding and grants from artist organizations in their home country. Participants stay in downtown apartments.

So…will you apply?

Want more? We recommend the Alliance of Artists Communities’ free residency database. Get on the AAC’s email list and receive notifications of upcoming deadlines each month. You’ll also find more information at Rate My Artist Residency, which has a convenient calendar of deadlines and map of residencies available.

Once you’ve found a residency you’re excited about, check out our advice on applying to writers’ residencies, as well as application tips by Stephanie Elizondo Griest.

Good luck applying, and let us know how it goes!

Have you been to any of these writing residencies? Which ones did we miss?

This post has been updated from our original list, which was compiled by Alexis Grant in 2014.

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  1. Oh man, this is such a great list! For some reason applying for residencies has felt intimidating, but this is a great place to start. Thank you!

  2. Terrific, inspiring article, Lexi! It’s a permission slip to dream on a gray, muggy DC day.

  3. Jessica Jacob says:

    I had honestly never considered a residency before and now I’m wondering if it’s something I should be taking a look into.

  4. What a great list! And so timely. I’m attending the Martha’s Vineyard Residency in October and am so excited about the fabulous opportunity.

  5. I’ve stayed at The Writers Colony in Dairy Hollow for the past few Octobers. It is lovely. Private room and bath in two communal buildings. Wooded setting across from a park. Meals provided M-F with fabulous dinners served family style. There’s even a piano in the main room, where poets gather on some nights for a potluck. Occasional speakers too, but residents are not required to hobnob unless they want to.You can be as isolated or as involved as you wish.

    That also goes for sightseeing. Eureka Springs is fascinating and beautiful and very quirky. A trolley stops at the colony and runs through the town for your pleasure. An artsy community of around 2000 people, it swells with visitors at some times, so plan accordingly. And as a bonus, there is a new Village Writing School nearby if you wish to take advantage of that.

    WCDH is relaxed, and seemingly remote, yet offers much more if you’re up for it.

  6. Hila Ratzabi says:

    There’s a typo in the section on Willapa Bay AiR — it’s southwestern Washington not southeastern. And I’m here now, and it’s SPECTACULAR! Highly recommend!

  7. Actually, some of these are extremely selective. Did you look at actual acceptance percentages? I think researching the numbers would’ve improved the article. I appreciate the spirit of sharing, but presenting it this way is a disservice both to people with these residences already on their CVs and to people who think they will have an easy time getting into hedgebrook, hambidge, Millay, or any of the arts omi programs.

    • Hi June — You make a good point. My idea here was to show residencies that are less competitive than Yaddo and MacDowell, because those are the ones we tend to hear about the most. But you’re right, many of these are selective, too. I didn’t mean to imply they’re *easy* to get into, just easier than the top two.

      If you have any you’d add to the list, I’d love to hear them! Some of the comments here are really insightful.

      Alexis Grant
      TWL Managing Editor

  8. Great residencies. Looking forward to being in one.

  9. Hello! I was just sent this information from a close friend– an acclaimed prize-winning novelist in Alberta (on faculty at the world-renowned Banff Centre – where I recently did an assessment of the program for the Dept of Heritage of The Government of Canada). This list is excellent- and I thought your community would be interested in a modest but very successful retreat I founded and direct set in Spain. Lorca’s Granada: writers’ retreat, colloquia, workshop. This is a paid venue – but there is no application fee- and it is first-come first-served as long as writers qualify. Currently, it is for established writers. Next year we will have sessions for early and emerging writers, too. You will find info on my website. You will see that – it’s been totally inspired by the legacy of Federico Garcia Lorca and Granada – and this residency/retreat has been honoured with the friendship of the Lorca Familt and the Fundacion Federico Garcia Lorca (Madrid-Granada). My website has a link to a long article written by esteemed Canadian writer, published in WRITE – the magazine of The Writers’ Union of Canada. One thing- unlike the quiet tranquil retreat — this is unique in that it is in the heart of the city – where Lorca lived, wrote and ultimatelt was taken to be executed outside the city; the music of Spanish, the sounds of flamenco are part of the package to inspire artists. As Canada’s only and one of the English language’s leading journalists on Spain (I’ve been awarded by The Government of Spain) I hope to offer a full, rich immersion into the culture of the place Lorca called home.
    Your community is welcome to contact me about next May’s session.

  10. I would love to do a residency but I feel like they are more for established authors. I’m still working on my manuscript, and I don’t have anything published. Could I really do something like this?

    • Hi Samantha — It’s true many residencies are for established authors, and the admissions committee wants to see published work. But some residencies *do* have programs or slots for emerging writers (for example, see the comment above yours!). Those would be smart ones to target!

      • Hi Alexis– As my program is really quite new I have to develop it slowly – and I did want to offer this first for writers who are well on in development and who could be inspired– re-inspired by what this place and discussions on Lorca could give. Also, having presented workshops for three decades- often in university creative writing programs – I know much of the value comes from peers conversing with peers, not so much the director or facilitator. So, there could not be an equal give and take without a unanimity of peers. However, not that we will not present sessions for early writers etc. That will come – perhaps even next year – You can check my website during the winter – or simply contact me at btweenartists@gmail.com for any update about that.

    • Hi Samantha
      have a look at stiwdiomaelor.wordpress.com for a new residency program that is open to writers at all stages. There are plenty of vacancies at the moment as its only a new program.

  11. My point when I asked if you checked the numbers was that a post like this shouldn’t be written just based on assumptions or conventional wisdom. For example, Hedgebrook, at 3% (50 accepted of “more than 1500” in 2014), is MORE selective than both Yaddo and MacDowell. Perhaps it is assumed to be less selective because it’s only for women, it’s small and isolated, etc.

    • Sally P. says:

      Actually the Hedgebrook number for 2014 was 40 selected out of I think they said it was 1,600-something… and Hedgebrook has shortened the application window this year. But my point: It is STILL worth trying. I applied for 2014, not realizing the odds. I never in a million trillion years thought I would be accepted, but somehow, I was. Hedgebrook changed my life. I finished my novel there.

      So perhaps it’s a good thing this wonderful and informative article DOESN’T scare us away by reporting the odds! We should be reasonably realistic with ourselves, of course… but why not try? You just never know unless you try.

  12. Alexis,
    Thank you for posting this incredibly helpful and informative article. I’ve been researching writing retreats and your list is top notch. I’m currently writing my first book and am excited about applying to more than a few of these residencies.

  13. This is great list! I really want to join writer residency since last year to make my new fiction project. Thanks for your information 🙂

  14. Lovely article, but I have to agree with June. I’ve been to MacDowell several times and applied to Hedgebrook several times, but have never gotten in. Regardless, this is great list to get people researching and interested in colonies. And Millay is wonderful! So glad it’s here!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Kara!

      TWL Assistant Editor

      • Many of these residencies are extremely competitive including Ucross (which is mislabeled as “Cross”), Jentel and Millay. And as far as many of these being “lesser known”, they certainly aren’t to anyone I know – I just find so much of this article to be very misleading. Many very well established artists apply repeatedly for these residencies and never get accepted. This is the art world – rejection is a way of life. This, however, can never be a reason or excuse not to try – but it’s a little unfair to present these as sort of “outside the box” options.

        • Thanks for the feedback, Melissa. We’ll do our best to focus on smaller, lesser-known options in a future post.

          • I wanted to update my previous mention here about the retreat I direct: Lorca’s Granada: writers’ retreat, colloquia & workshops. At present there is only the retreat for published authors (one published book from a reputable press – large or small) a workshop is in the plans. As something unique and original, we have received the encouragement and friendship from the Lorca Family and the Fundacion Federico Garcia Lorca.
            There is no Competition: Registration is on a first-come, first-accepted basis (with CV, project description, letter of serious interest). There are two sessions this spring.

            I caution that this is not a quiet countryside retreat. It is in the heart of the city of Granada – where hearing the sounds of the city, the Spanish Andaluz language that writers will hear/try to speak – is part of the attraction.

            Fees are published in Canadian Funds – that might seem economically attractive to American writers.

            http://www.gerryshikatani.com (where you will see a photo or two of our writers with Laura Garcia-Lorca, president of the Fundacion Federico Garcia Lorca, including one at Back Tomorrow the Lorca exhibition in NYC 2013 http://www.lorcanyc.com/

            Gerry Shikatani

  15. Jonathan Warren says:

    Wonderful list!
    The Noepe on the Vineyard is a wonderful place!
    There’s another lovely retreat on Martha’s Vineyard called the “Renaissance House”. The Vineyard is a great place where to find that island feeling as well, and disconnect from “reality” for a while.

    Thank you for a great collection of retreats!

  16. For those who have read this far, I highly recommend that you nominate http://thewritelife.com. as one of the 10 Best Blogs for Writers in the http:// @writetodone.com’s 9th annual contest. The deadline is December 24. A direct link to the contest is at http://writetodone.com/top-10-blogs-for-writers-contest/.

  17. I am the manager of Stiwdio Maeloer – an artist in residence project in North Wales, UK. Stiwdio Maelor offers residencies of one – eight weeks for both visual artists and for writers. So far we have had one writer – David Lloyd of New York and this year we have three writers – Earl Livings (Australia), Paul Riede (New York) and Elizabeth Jane Corbett (Australia). We are happy to take writers at any stage in their career and at the moment we have plenty of vacancies as I believe not many writers are aware of this residency. So I encourage you all to go to the website have a look and email me. Look forward to hearing from you.

  18. Dear Alexis Grant,
    many thanks for your shout out to my Millay Colony review. I also attended another artist/writer residency shortly after in Schöppingen, Germany. Perhaps it’s of interest to your readers!


    They were very generous. The residency came with a stipend. The only disadvantage, in my opinion, we had to cook for ourselves in not very well furnished kitchens. I am a staunch supporter of having a resident chef make the meals (I know that sounds so self-important and decadent), in order that one can fully concentrate in the studio. I do take my cooking and eating very seriously and for me, this was an unwelcome distraction. Deciding what to cook and eat consumes me in my normal daily life. LOL.

    I’ll be sure to cross reference your blog entry soon!


  19. This is a great list, but it should have come with a caveat; 20 great residencies to apply for *if* you happen to be American.

    Come on. How about an international one next for those of us who don’t live in the States?

    • Tara, I’ll be the first to admit that since we’re based in the U.S., we tend to focus on U.S.-based opportunities and sometimes even publications. We’re always considering ways to incorporate international content, and welcome pitches from those who can fill us in!

      Thanks for reading,
      Lisa Rowan
      TWL Editor

      • Hey Lisa (and Alexis),

        Thanks for the list!

        If you ever want to do an international list please do consider La Muse artists and writers retreat.

        We’ve been welcoming writers and artists here for nearly 15 years now, with a lot of them coming from the US. Myself and my wife, the other co-founder of the residence, are Americans who left jobs in publishing in NYC to start La Muse.

        All the best,


  20. Oh man, I wish I could all of these.

    But I can’t justify the expense or the time away from family.

    I plan to participate in Write by the Lake at UW-Madison this summer. I live nearby, so I just have to take a week off.

    This will be my first writers retreat.

    (Dadswithoutballs.com (yep that’s the name of my blog. It’s not nearly as scandalous as it sounds)

  21. This is a great list! Thank you! Actually, I recently got into an art and writing residency, but I am still looking for funding. I was wondering, do you have any suggestions for grants to apply for? I have some grant writing experience, and have written up some submissions. But, the residency deal is all new to me. If you know of a good resource, that would help so much!

  22. This one allows you to bring your partner and/or your pet!

  23. Well, I would be remiss not to have ANY writer add Djerassi Resident Artists Program to the list. 30 days, fee-free, 583 acres of private land. Studio, lodging and food with chef 5 nights a week. All disciplines. In literature (poetry, playwriting, prose, graphic novels) we get around 350 applications for 35-40 spots. (The remaining 550 are from choreographers, visual artists, composers and media artists). Annual deadline of March 15 for the following calendar year. We also have fee-Based writing workshop/retreats with noted alumni. http://Www.djerassi.org.

  24. Spent July at 360 Xochitl Quetzal in Chapala, Mexico and would highly recommend. Got half a novel done and felt super comfortable in the town.

  25. ItalyWritinRetreat.com

    This is a new Writing Center in Orvieto (one hour from Rome, in the Umbria region) in Italy that we have just started. We’ve been organizing Writing Retreats in Italy for many years and were able this year to get this beautiful villa in Orvieto, Italy, all for our organization and we have launched our Writing Residencies starting in the Fall of 2016.
    Check it out and spread the word if you can, it’s all made with the heart!

  26. It is actually ItalyWritingRetreat.com

  27. Bravo Heather, Alexis, Kristen for the good & diverse list – indeed Writers Retreats & Residencies, like writers themselves, are diverse and eclectic – and that’s of course a good thing as it’s what we all seek in our literature.

    Here at WriteAwayEurope.com, we’ve been doing Creative Writing Retreats in Greece and have recently expanded our slate for 2016 to include Creative Writing Retreats in Spain, Italy, France, Greece & Czech Republic – and at least one merit-based full Fellowship Grant per year is awarded..

    Groups are small, workshops hands-on and there’s always number of very successful published authors/mentors & publishing professionals and the focus is on unleashing creativity in captivating locales in Europe.

    One of the greatest pleasures of being a part of the program is the fascinating, creative writers we get to meet, while being ensconced in such captivating locales.

    For those looking for something further afield then the us, we’re at:

    Keep up the good work!



    I would like to write/work from home on different topics to be assigned by my clients. I will be very grateful, if sources for such opportunities are notified/informed.


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  7. […] September 8, 2014 By Alexis Grant 43 Comments […]

  8. […] list of national and international residencies for writers and artists of all disciplines; TheWriteLife.com has a curated list too. Some offer free accommodations and workspace; others require recipients to […]

  9. […] doesn’t pay the bills yet). I’ve long wanted to apply for and go to an out-of-town full week, month, or several-month residency, but I haven’t been able to do that with other work […]

  10. […] a great list of writing residencies at The Write Life, and I’ve found the directories at ResArtis and the Alliance of Artist Communities to be […]

  11. […] programs. You may have heard of the VCCA, Yaddo, or MacDowell, but what about Hedgebrook? Check out this list of residencies and find one that fits your unique needs. Some are free; some require a small fee for meals or […]

  12. […] 1. 20 Amazing Writing Residencies  You Should Apply for is here.  […]

  13. […] apply to a writing residency (see Jennifer Chen’s musings), and where to apply for one (here’s a great list from ‘The Write Life’), there is almost no discussion about preparing for […]

  14. […] I think it’s important for writers, visual artists, and other creative types to take time out from their “regular lives” to deal with their art at least for a week once a decade at least, right? It can be a week, or a month, or six weeks, or a whole summer if you can afford to do that. There are so many residencies that you can apply for (See this list for some ideas: http://thewritelife.com/writing-residencies/#.oxkna1:m4F) […]

  15. […] The Write Life’s listing is thorough and heterogeneous–tons of cool residencies for any type of writer looking for any type of respite. […]

  16. […] in providing the time and space for unfettered creativity. Established ones can be found online: Amazing Writing Residencies and Poets & Writers Conferences and Residencies are just two lists of the many established […]

  17. […] kindred spirits: Association of Writers & Writing Programs 4. Applying to writing residencies: The Write Lif 5. Looking into writer’s conferences: Shaw Guides 6. Finding resources in your hometown: […]

  18. […] or offering to help babysit/petsit are both great ways to help gift a retreat, and there are many writing residencies available […]

  19. […] One great page of US residencies can be found here: 26 Amazing Writing Residencies. […]

  20. […] you’ve been eyeing. If you’re interested in workshops, I suggest checking out the listings here, here, and here as a starting place. Personally, I’ve had great experiences at the Provincetown […]

  21. […] there is a group of various artists, including painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, as well as writers. Most groups are small, from four to twelve people, each usually having a separate space in which […]

  22. […] the residency). I highly recommend The Write Life’s article on writing residencies as a resource (http://thewritelife.com/writing-residencies/) and I’ve also listed some residencies below. Note that these residencies having […]

  23. […] (If you’re outside North UK, or outside Cuckoo’s age bracket, there are dozens of opportunities our there, and The Write Life have compiled a handy list of top-notch places to start:  26 Amazing Writing Residencies You Should Apply for This Year.) […]

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