Writing Residencies for Mere Mortals

By Jamie Kravitz, Program Manager

Although we’re partial to our own residency in collaboration with the Catto Shaw Foundation, there are numerous other residencies that open their doors to mere mortals. If you haven’t yet written your first bestseller, but want to find a place to dig into a project, take a look at some of these residencies in beautiful locations in charming accommodations. Deadlines and time-periods are sprinkled throughout the year.

Elsewhere Studios

1-6 months in Paonia, Colorado
Deadline: December 1, for residencies beginning in the months of May to August

Ucross Foundation
2-6 weeks in Northeastern Wyoming, on a 20,000-acre ranch
Deadline: March 1 for Fall Session

Ragdale Residencies

18- or 25-day residencies 30 miles north of Chicago
Deadline: May 15


1-month residency on Whidbey Island, 35 miles northwest of Seattle
Open to women only
Deadline: July 28

Writing by Writers

2 weeks in Bend Oregon
Deadline: September 1

La Muse 

la muse
3 weeks + in Southern France
Deadline: Rolling Admissions, but check website for their annual contest (for discounted stay). Barter fellowships are also available.

There are numerous other residencies scattered throughout the country. Try the Alliance of Artist Communities for other ideas.

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