Retreats for Artists & Writers

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ARKANSAS

The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Open year-round, this colony in Arkansas hosts dozens of writers each year for residencies ranging from one week to three months.

CALIFORNIA

Writing Between the Vines - Sonoma, California

Vineyard retreats for writers in all genres including fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, and poetry.

FLORIDA

Kerouac Project - Orlando, Florida

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and participate in two events while a resident—a Welcome Potluck dinner, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. 

GEORGIA

Hambidge - Rabun Gap, Georgia

Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.

INDIANA

New Harmony Project - New Harmony, Indiana

The purpose of The New Harmony Project is to create, nurture and promote new works for the stage, television, and film that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life. New Harmony Project also offers parent residency programs.

LOUISIANA

New Orleans Writers’ Residency - New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Writers' Residency is a writers' collective in the heart of New Marigny, a culturally rich neighborhood close to the French Quarter. The Residency provides space for writers to step away from their lives and focus on writing in the comfort of a restored 19th century shotgun double.

MASSACHUSETTS

Fine Arts Work Center - Provincetown, Massachusetts

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is a nonprofit organization dedicated  to encouraging the growth and development of emerging visual artists and writers and to restoring the year-round vitality of the historic art colony of Provincetown. The Work Center is internationally known for it acclaimed 7-month residency program granting fellowships to 20 emerging writers and artists, as well as its open enrollment Summer Workshop Program, an online writing program 24PearlStreet, and an extensive series of year-round cultural events and exhibitions.

MINNESOTA

Anderson Center - Redwing, Minnesota

The Anderson Center provides retreats of two to four weeks duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress. 

NEBRASKA

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts - Nebraska City, Nebraska

The mission of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is to support established and emerging writers, visual artists and composers by providing working and living environments that allow uninterrupted time for work, reflection and creative growth and to present and support arts-related programming that expands public awareness and appreciation of the arts. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

MacDowell Colony - Peterborough, New Hampshire

Since 1907, the MacDowell Colony mission has been to create a space where inspiration happens on a daily basis. They do that by providing essential support for emerging and established artists by bringing together diverse, multidisciplinary talent to exchange ideas and pursue creative work.

NEW YORK

Blue Mountain Center - Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Supporting writers, artists, and activists, this artist’s community offers three different month-long sessions in the summer and early fall, including free room and board. 

Family Residency at Ryder Farm - Brewster, New York

Now in its fifth year, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Family Residency, founded in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation, provides a weeklong residency on the farm for working parents and their children. The Family Residency offers an artist-parent with structured time to create, while their child(ren) participate in nature-focused arts programming under the guidance and expertise of professional theatre educators. All family residents (parents and children) enjoy three communal farm-fresh meals daily. The residency culminates in short, informal sharings of the work accomplished by both parents and children while in residence at SPACE. As of 2018, SPACE welcomes artist-parents with children who are 3 to 12 years of age to apply.

The Edward F. Albee Foundation - Montauk, New York

The Edward F. Albee Foundation exists to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance. Using only talent and need as the criteria for selection, the Foundation invites any and all artists to apply. 

The Millay Colony for the Arts - Austerlitz, New York

Founded in 1973 and located on the former home of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists’ residency program and artists’ center. Their mission is to nurture and promote the vitality of the arts by supporting artists with rural retreats and workshops, and to support students, our artists-to-be, with a range of free arts programs and mentorships. In all that they do, the goal is to encourage creative intensity and exploration and foster community among artists from every background and at every stage of their career.

The Orchard Project - Saratoga & New York City

The Orchard Project is one of the preeminent performance laboratories in the United States, designed to fuel innovation in performance and support bold voices and big new ideas. Founded by Artistic Director Ari Edelson in 2008, the Orchard Project supports professional artists and helps them to develop their bold ideas. It has birthed 250+ shows that have been performed for more than 2,500,000 people in New York, London, and as far afield as Tokyo and Stockholm.

Omi International Arts Center - Ghent, NY

Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers. Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. 

Yaddo - Saratoga Springs, New York

Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.

NORTH CAROLINA

New River Dramatists - Mooresville, North Carolina

New River exists to nurture our finest writers of plays, screenplays, fiction and poetry, and to encourage them to create the best work of which they are capable. New River values distinctively original voices who write with a love of language and a compassion for the human condition, however troubled it may be. 

Wildacres Retreat - Little Switzerland, North Carolina

The Wildacres Residency Program began in 1999 and over the past eighteen years has hosted nearly 700 writers, artists, musicians and others. Wildacres offers one- and two-week residencies from April through October.

OREGON

Fishtrap - Joseph, Oregon

Fishtrap is a week-long writer’s conference and residency that takes place in the summer. Fishtrap is located in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains with workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir. Year-long programming is also available.

VIRGINIA

Virgina Center for the Creative Arts - Amherst, Virginia

VCCA advances the arts by providing a creative space in which our best national and international artists produce their finest literature, visual art and music. 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

WASHINGTON

Hedgebrook - Whidbey Island, Washington

Hedgebrook is expressly created for women writers. Featuring six handcrafted cottages located on Whidbey Island, outside of Seattle, 40 women attend each year to immerse themselves in free residencies of two to six weeks in length, running from February through October. 

Mineral School - Mineral, Washington

Mineral School nurtures literary, performing, and visual artists to generate new work and present that work to the public. We accomplish this through both an overnight artists residency program and public events. 

Willapa Bay AiR - Oysterville, Washington

Willapa Bay AiR, situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington state. They offer month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, singer/songwriters, and musical composers. The Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month from March 1 through September 30 of the year.

VERMONT

 Vermont Studio Center - Johnson, Vermont

Over the last 30 years, VSC has grown to become the largest international artists' and writers' residency program in the United States. Our mission is to provide studio residencies in an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form. 

WYOMING

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts - Saratoga, Wyoming

Brush Creek Foundation for The Arts is a non-profit organization offering time and space for artistic exploration to visual artists, writers, musicians and composers from all backgrounds, level of expertise, media and genres. Two separate three week residency sessions are offered per year depending on availability and applicant’s ranking in jury process.

Jentel Arts - Banner, Wyoming

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land.

Ucross Foundation - Northeastern Wyoming

Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides a rare gift in today's world – uninterrupted time – along with work space and living accommodations, to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers.