26 Split Rock Cove Retreat

26 Split Rock Cove Retreat, 26 Split Rock Cove, S. Thomaston, ME o4858 (207) 596-7624. One-bedroom apartment overlooking Mussel Ridge Cove in mid-coast Maine. Apartment includes living room, kitchen, bath, laundry, patio, cable and internet access. Preference given to those renting for 2 weeks or more. Fees charged (visual, literary arts)

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 (800) 393-6975 or (904) 427-6975. Work with rotating Master Artists in residence, 3 weeks, fees charged; each Master Artist selects 8 participants in their artistic discipline. (visual, literary, performing, and media arts)

Atlin Center

Atlin Center, PO Box 207, Atlin, British Columbia, Canada. V0W 1A0 (800) 651-8882. Studio residence program offers creativity retreats. Stunning wilderness setting on Monarch Mountain, on 10 hectares of wooded land with a spring-fed pond. Open to artists who feel drawn to the natural world for inspiration. Accommodation in well-equipped, self-contained housekeeping units with kitchens; shared bath and laundry facilities. Also offers tent accomodations. Camping, kayaking, canoeing and mountain bicycling gear available. Open year-round. Fees charged. (visual, literary arts)

Aurora Project

The Aurora Project, RR1 Box 224, Aurora, WV 26705 (304) 735-6344. Housing in 2 19th c. restored cottages and weekday meals provided. Fees charged; no one turned down due to inability to pay. Optional community outreach opportunities; artists help with chores. (visual, literary, media arts)


Azule, PO Box 163, Hot Springs, NC 28743. (828) 622-3533.  Located in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, 7 miles from Hot Springs and 50 miles from Asheville.  Can accommodate 3 artists at a time.  Fees charged by the week or the month. In addition to the types of artists usually supported in residency programs, Azule is open to architects, environmentalists, academics, educators, social workers or researchers. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Basically Modern Arts Sanctuary

Basically Modern Arts Sanctuary, 468 Lobdell Mill Rd., Westerloo, NY 12193 (518) 797-3728. Residency on the northern edge of the Catskill Mountains in a house surrounded by wilderness and a river, the Basic Creek. Accomodates one artist at a time (or one partnered couple) for residencies of 2 to 10 days from May to October. Open to composers, visual artists, writers, and others from the US and abroad. Artist gets bedroom, private office, all meals. Access to Steinway grand piano, wireless internet connection. No fees. Sponsored by the Basso Moderno Duo. (visual, literary, performing arts)


BetterArt Artists’ Residency, c/o Better Farm, 31060 Cottage Hill Rd., Redwood, NY 13679 (315) 482-2536. Up to 7 artists at a time of all disciplines. Located 10 miles from Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands, on 65 acres. There are two lakes in walking distance, an on-side pond, and gardens. Offers private or shared accommodations, shared bathrooms and kitchens. Facilities include shop space, open-air sheds for pottery and painting, multi-media room and practice space for musicians. Modest boarding fee charged; covers dinners, wireless Internet, parking, and field trips. (visual, performing, literary, media arts)

Bordenueve Retreat

Bordenueve Retreat, Bordeneuve 09160 Betchat France Tel.: +33(0)561964022.  Located in the secluded foothills of the south of France, an hour from Toulouse.  Open to visual artists, musicians, and writers for residencies of 2 weeks to 2 months.  Can accommodate only one artist (or one couple) at a time.  Fees charged; additional charges if meals are included. (visual, performing, and literary arts)

Can Serrat

Masía Can Serrat, International Art Centre, 08294 El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain Tel: 011-34-93-771-0037. International art center in a restored 18th century farmhouse just outside Barcelona in the Montserrat National Park. Residencies of 1 month.  Fees charged. (literary, visual arts)


Cantagal Residential Art Centre, Les Salces, 34700 St Privat, France. Tel: 011-33-0-467447106.  Artist center and holiday retreat on the Herault River in the Midi region of Southern France.  Fees charged.  (visual, literary arts)

Casa Libre en la Solana

Casa Libre en la Solana, 228 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705 (520) 325-9145. Non-profit community resource center and inn for professional and novice writers. Suites include private kitchens, baths, high-speed internet, offices. Shared pool/spa, and library. Fees charged by the night, week, or month. Meals not included. (literary arts)

Casa Tagumerche

Casa Tagumerche, ES 38852 Alojera, Barranco del Mono s.n., La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (+49) 170-2779983. Located on the heights in the northwest part of the island, above the town of Alojera. Great area for hiking. Main house and guest house with terrace and garden, designed for two people to share a room. Open to those with an artistic, personal, or scholarly project. No sculptors or others working on large-scale works. Shared meals. Fees charged. (visual, literary arts)


Cat’Art, Centre d’Art Contemporain, (Contemporary Art Center), 11230 Sainte Colombe sur L’Hers, France. Tel: 011-33-04-68-693501. Located in a serene village in the south of France. Open to both professional and beginning artists. Access to kilns and other professional equipment. Accommodation and studios for up to 14 artists at a time. Fees charged by week or by month; residencies of up to 6 months. (visual, literary, and performing arts)

Centre Pompadour

Centre Pompadour, laboratoire neofeministe, Chateau Lafoutte, 9 rue du chateau, 80210 Ercourt, France (0033) 7-8837-3684. Open to creative professionals who “place gender equality and feminist empowerment at the heart of their creative process and outreach.” Located in the Baie de Somme area in Picardie, 200 km from Paris. Residencies of 2 weeks to 2 months; fees charged. Meals included for an additional fee. (visual, performing, literary, media arts)

Chicago Art Retreats

Chicago Art Retreats, House of Two Urns, 1239 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60642 (773) 235-1408. Hosts week-long retreats for writers and visual artists. Fees charged; some scholarships for reduced fees. Located in the Wicker Park neighborhood. (visual and literary arts)


CiteCulture, Cite International Universitaire de Paris, 17, Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris, France. 00-33-(0)1-43-13-65-42. International residence for students, researchers and artists of more than 120 nationalities. Amenities include library, cultural program, sports activities, restaurants, and French language learning area. Lodging in 40 houses distributed in a wooded park in Paris. Open to musicians, composers, visual artists and architects who are under 35. Competitive application process, fees charged, some financial assistance available. Residencies of 3 to 12 months. (visual, performing arts)

Cleaveland House

The Cleaveland House B&B, PO Box 3041, West Tisbury, MA 02575 (508) 693-9352. On Martha’s Vineyard; caters to poets and writers, but welcomes all guests; On Wednesday afternoons, Dionis Coffin Riggs holds a poetry workshop; fees charged. (literary arts)

Cykaida Arts Center

Cykaida Arts Center, 417 West 5th Street, Suite 225, Hastings, NE 68901. (402) 461-1009. Year round residency program located in a former middle school for US and International artists in the mediums of letterpress, bookbinding, printmaking, installation, textile and performance art. Writers also welcome.  4 to 8 residents at a time for 4 to 12 week periods. Fees charged. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Dickinson House

Dickinson House, D’Hoyestraat 34, 9870 Olsene, Belgium.  Tel: +32 (0) 9 221 3430.  Located on the banks of the Lys River in rural East Flanders.  Up to 3 artists at a time, some residency periods reserved for artists who want to travel with families.  Also home to a micropress, Meil.  Fees charged per week; some fellowships available.  No dedicated studio space for visual artists, so this site is best for small projects, planning stages of larger projects, or site-specific work for the grounds.  In addition to residencies, they offer fee-based writing weekends and a literary B&B with no competitive application process.  (literary, visual arts)

Dorset Colony House

Dorset Colony House, PO Box 519, Dorset, VT 05251 (802) 867-2223. Up to 8 writers at a time; residencies from 1 week to several months; fees charged; writers cook own meals and provide own food. Near the Green Mountains in Southern Vermont. (literary, performing, visual arts)

Estonian Artists Association

Estonian Artists’ Association, c/o Tallinn Art Hall, Vabaduse Valjak 6, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia. Tel: 011-372-6273630. Guest studio for visiting artists on the top floor of Tallinn Art Hall for 1-2 people at a time.  The building also contains several artists’ studios, the office of the Estonian Artists’ Association, the Estonian Center for Contemporary Arts, a shop selling art materials, the KuKu Club and the KuKu Cafe, both popular meeting places for artists. Daily fees charged.  (visual arts)

Farringford Estate

Farringford Estate, Bedbury Lane, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9PE, United Kingdom. Tel: 44(0)1983-752-500. Modernised self-catering cottages on the grounds of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s family home. Caters to vacationers with a restaurant, golf course, swimming pool. Fees charged. No application process; open to all.

Fields Project

The Fields Project, PO Box 444, Oregon, IL 61061 (815) 732-6347. Painters, photographers and sculptors in residence for nine days each summer, housed with farm families, to “bring art and architecture together.” Artists can work on their own or do a “field sculpture,” by cutting/moving flora on a piece of ground up to 15 acres in size, to create a sculpture designed to be viewed or photographed from the air. Residencies end with a public Fine Arts Festival at Mix Park. Fees charged. (visual arts)

Golden Apple Art Residency

Golden Apple Art Residency, 850 Rivers Edge Dr., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. (989) 779-9320. Approximately an hour north of Bar Harbor along the rocky coastal region of Downeast Maine on the most eastern point of North America. Residencies of 2 weeks during July and August for one to five artists at a time.  Fees charged; partial scholarships available. (visual and literary arts)

Good Contrivance Farm

Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat, 2015 Emory Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136 (443) 529-2939. Located on a Victorian-era farm 25 miles north of Baltimore that raises heritage animals and plants on 6 acres, surrounded by 100 additional acres of conservation farmland. Private lodging in a 1200 sq. ft. renovated barn loft, which includes a library, bath, and full kitchen. Residents must provide their own food. Open for residencies from 2 days to 4 weeks, year-round. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Fees charged. Applicants must submit a writing sample and resume, although the application process is non-competitive. (literary arts)

Green Hill Artist Retreat

Green Hill Artist Retreat, 2794 Green Hill Road, Pawlet, VT 05761 (802) 325-2603. Located on 10 acres in SW Vermont, between the Green Mountains and upper Taconics. Up to 3 artists working individually or 5 artists working collaboratively at a time, for residencies as short as a weekend or as long as 2 weeks. Fees charged; includes food. Work spaces include dance studio with wood floor, printmaking studio with Charles Brand etching press, music studio with baby grand piano. (Literary, visual, performing arts)

Green Olive Arts

Green Olive Arts, B.P. 10001 Sidi Al Mandri, Tetouan, Tetouan 93000, Morocco.  Tel: (212) 674.35.89.42. Not strictly a colony, as they provide studios but not accommodations, although Green Olive helps match artists with housing options in walking distance.  Founded by two American artists; open to US and international artists. Located in the north of Morocco, on the North-Western tip of Africa, nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea in a valley where two mountain ranges meet. The old city of Tetouan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Residencies of 1 week to 4 months; fees charged by the week.  No meals included.  Studios on second floor are not ADA accessible, and the city is hilly; not recommended for artists with mobility issues.  (visual, literary, performing, and media arts)

Guest House at New Light Studios

The Guest House at New Light Studios, 1610 Town Hall Rd., Beloit, WI 53511 (608) 362-8055. Two-bedroom cottage on a Wisconsin “farmette.” Swimming pool, ping-pong, basketball, hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing nearby; booked on a first-come, first served basis; guests supply own food; fees charged. (visual, literary, performing arts, and “anyone seeking solitude in a peaceful, rural setting”)

Gulkistan Residency

Gulkistan Residency for Creative People, Eyvindartungu, 801 Selfoss, Iceland Tel.:(354) 892-4410 and 699-0700. Accommodations in a renovated farmhouse or apartments in the village of Lagarvatn. Fees charged by the month. Spouses and children welcome. Open to artists of all disciplines, plus scholars. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)


Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC.  (202) 526-6800.  Retreat intended for solitude and contemplation; also open to writers seeking short-term stays, typically one to seven days.  Private modern cottage in the woods for a single person at a time, with kitchenette, desk, washer/dryer, bath.  Access to monastery grounds and gardens.  Wheelchair accessible; near public transportation.  Fees charged by the night.  First come, first served.

Hill House Farms

Hill House Farms, 8161 Highway 100 #177, Nashville, TN 37221 (615) 662-8258. Bed and breakfast writers retreat on 34 acres of trails and springs nestled in fox hunting country. You may bring your horse with you. Weekend or weeklong residencies include 3 meals daily; special diets can be accomodated. Non-smoking environment. Fees charged; some full grants available on a competitive basis for aspiring and professional writers. (visual, literary arts)

Hungarian Multicultural Center

Hungarian Multicultural Center, International Artist Residency Program, 2503 Costa Mesa Dr., Dallas, TX. Tel: (36)20-345-6386. Residencies in Budapest, Hungary. Four sessions per year, 5 artists accepted for each session. Residencies last approximately 3 weeks. Fees charged. (visual, literary arts)

Kokoro Studio

Kokoro Studio Retreat Center, RR 1, Box 192, Castleton, VT 05735. (802) 273-2278. Facilities include: studios, Japanese bath, steam, sauna, massage, pond, waterfall, extensive stone yard. Resident artists, supportive critiques, small groups, or retreat options available. Lodging options vary from tent, tepee, lodge, or private cabins. Fees charged; residencies from 1 day to 1 month. (visual, literary arts)

La Belle Auriole

La Belle Auriole, F-66600 Opoule, France. Tel.: 011-33-4-68-29192.  Located in a restored 17th c. farmhouse in the Roussillon area.  Fees charged.  Open to all artistic disciplines; artists invited to bring their families.  (visual, literary, media, performing arts)

La Muse Inn

La Muse Inn, 1 ru de la Place, 11380 Labastide Esparbairenque, France. Fees charged; a few fully-funded residencies offered each year. Operated by two American expatriate writers.  (literary and visual arts)

Lillian E. Smith Center

Lillian E. Smith Center for the Creative Arts, 710 Waverly Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32313 (850) 385-5763 or during the summer, PO Box 467, Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 782-7846. Located on 120 acres of woodland forest in the NE corner of the state, on Screamer Mountain near the Chattooga River. Residencies of 1-3 weeks; fees charged; housing provided; residents responsible for own meals. (visual arts)

Lower East Side Printshop

Lower East Side Printshop, Inc., AIR Program, 59-61 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10003-5390 (212) 673-5390. For short-term printmaking projects; monthly fee; 24-hour access to facilities and tools, up to 10 hours of limited tech assistance per month; 30 artists per year; participants supply own travel and accommodation expenses (visual arts).

Mabel Dodge Luhan House

Mabel Dodge Luhan House, 240 Morada Lane, Taos, NM 87571 (800) 846-2235 or (505) 751-9686. Inn and conference center. Fees charged. Also offers workshops in writing, painting, yoga, meditation, fiber arts, welding, and creative process. (literary, visual arts)

Magic Pond Sanctuary

Magic Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and Guest House, Linda Griffith and Kay Johnson, PO Box 174, Blaine, ME 04734. (207) 429-8787 or (215) 947-2240. 75-acre wooded refuge with pond, streams, and fields. Open year-round. Registered guide service and photography coaching available. For “artists seeking renewal and solitude.” Weekly fees. (literary, visual arts)

Mas Pinet

Mas Pinet, 30110 Sainte Cecile d’Andorge, France. Tel: 011-33-(0)4-66-83-19-63 or 011-333-(0)6-60-75-22-60. Open to up to 10 artists at a time, in all disciplines. Fees charged per week (which includes meals). Offers weekly workshops and seminars, as well as residencies for artists working independently. Located in a 300-year-old Provencal stone house on 24 acres adjoining the national park of the Cevennes. A river runs through the property, and there is a small lake where residents can swim in walking distance. In addition, they maintain a large organic garden, raise chickens, rabbits, a mule, dog, and three cats. Artists share Mongolian yurts and tipis. Facilties include an outside platform for dance and yoga, a recording keyboard, a high wire for circus performers, painting equipment, and a pottery studio (currently under construction). (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Milkwood International

Milkwood International, Plesivecka 109, Cesky Krumlov 380 01, Czech Republic. Tel.: 420-380-711241. Also: 1448 W. Winnemac, Apt 1B, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 989-9841. Peter Grosz, Director. Located in the historic district on the Vltava River. Residencies of 2 weeks-2 months for writers, researchers. Also can find offsite studios for sculptors, painters and performance artists. Monthly fees charged; adjustable to financial need. (literary, visual, performing arts)

My Retreat

My Retreat, Writers Colony and B&B, Po Box 1077, Lincoln Rd., South Fallsburg, NY 12779 (800) 225-0256. In the foothills of the Catskills Mtns.; fees charged for rooms; each room has desk and view of the woods; private suite available; monthly rates negotiable; breakfasts provided; guests responsible for other meals but kitchen facilities are available for cooking; workshops in fiction, poetry, publishing, photography, and other subjects offered; main house and two cottages; first-come, first-served (literary arts and “artists of life”).

NALL Association

The N.A.L.L. Association, 232 Boulevard de Lattre, 06140 Vence, France. Tel.: 011-33-95-581326. The Nature, Art, and Life League, formerly the Michael Karolyi Memorial Foundation, runs an international center for writers and artists overlooking the Mediterranean. 6 private cottages rented by the month, annual membership fee in N.A.L.L. is required for residency, monthly fees vary according to season and size of cottage, write for details. Residents pay separately for utilities, meals, and transportation. (literary, visual arts)


Nightwriters offers writing seminars in such locations as Napa Valley, CA, Isle of Mull, Scotland, and Tuscany, Italy. Also rents out a writer’s house in Ashland, VA with daily and weekly rates. Based in Bethesda, MD.


Obras International Centre for Art and Science, CP2 7100-300 Estremoz, Portugal. Tel: 00-351-268-959-007.  Can accommodate up to 10 artists at a time in Portugal, and two artists at a time in the auxillary center in Holland.  The main center is located in a 200-year-old hilltop farmhouse overlooking cork fields and a medieval fortress.  The auxillary center is located in a mansion in an urban region.  Open to emerging artists.  Fees charged.  (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Ocean Haven

Ocean Haven, 94770 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439 (503) 547-3583. On the Oregon coast, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, bordering the Siuslaw National Forest. A variety of accommodations at different rates; all units have breathtaking, unobstructed views of the sea and sky; most units have living rooms, equipped kitchens, modern tiled bathrooms; some have small libraries of books and magazines. First-come, first-served; pets permitted for an additional fee; retreat center, open to anyone. (all disciplines)

Oregon Writers Colony

Oregon Writers Colony, Colonyhouse, PO Box 15200, Portland, OR 97293 (503) 879-8072. 2-story log house overlooking beach on the Oregon coast; weekend and weekly stays avail to members; annual dues, plus fees; Reservations required. (literary arts)


Ox-Bow Workshop for the Arts, Academic Administration, 37 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 49453 (312) 899-7455. 110 acres of wooded dunes, between the Kalamazoo River and Ox-Bow Lagoon, in Saugatuck, MI; housing in pre-Civil War Inn or cabin; fees charged; residencies of 2-5 weeks (visual arts)

Palazzo Rinaldi

Palazzo Rinaldi, Via Rinaldi n. 5, 85035 Neopoli (PZ), Italy. Located in a hilltop village in the Pollino National Park in the Basilicata region of southern Italy. Operates June to mid-October. Fees charged. Residencies of 2 weeks to 1 month.  Housing in an 1845 villa; includes studios and breakfasts. Two artists at a time (or more if artists are sharing bedrooms and studio space). (literary, visual, performing, and media arts)

Palette People International Art Foundation

Palette People International, Greenmeadows Vagamon, Uluppunni, Kottamala PO, Vagamon-685503 India.  Tel.: +919387221915.  Farm house and artists village on 90 acres of high elevation hill country.  Can accommodate up to 6 artists at a time in 3 shared rooms.  Open to “all creative artists, musicians, writers, photographers, theatre and film personalities” for residencies of 10 days to 3 months.  Shared studio space of 1200 sq. ft.  Services of caretaker/cook included.  Daily fees charged.  Extra fees for optional side trips.  Artists invited to exhibit work in gallery in Kochi.  (visual, performing, literary arts)

Panther Orchard Writers’ Retreat

Panther Orchard Writers’ Retreat, PO Box 367, Hopkinton, RI 02833 (541) 954-7415. Historic home on 43 acres of fields, woods, and ponds in southern RI. Rented year-round to one writer at a time (or two writers working as a team). Totally secluded, elegant sanctuary. Fees charged. Stays by week or month can be arranged. (literary arts)


Playa, 47531 Highway 31, Summer Lake, OR 97640. (541) 943-3983. Located on the edge of the Great Basin in a remote, isolated community.  Playa sits at the base of Winter Ridge, which rises to 7,200 feet at the northwestern edge of the Great Basin in south-central Oregon. Directly east of Playa lies Summer Lake, at an elevation of 4,200 feet. The lake is about 20 miles long and five miles wide. It is a playa: a desert lake that is shallow in the winter and usually evaporates by late summer. The Summer Lake basin, abundant with both desert and forest flora and fauna, is cradled between the open sagebrush steppe of eastern Oregon and the rocky, forested mountains of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Two types of Residency programs: Fellowship Residencies are provided without a fee during two multi-month sessions each year. The Contributing Residency program operates on a fee-basis to groups or individuals during other months. Artists must purchase and prepare their own food (other than a weekly community dinner).  Internet and cell phone reception is sporadic.  Open to visual artists, writers, performance artists, scientists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or forms of creative research.  (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Pontlevoy Residencies

Pontlevoy Creative Residencies, The Eur-Am Center, 32500 Telegraph Rd., Suite 209, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 USA. (248) 730-2170. Summer residencies in a 17th century abbey in the village of Pontlevoy, located in the Loire Valley, 90 minutes by train from Paris. Open to individuals or groups. Shared studios for visual artists in a centuries-old barn; secluded writing studios; extensive grounds. The area is known for its chateaux (many are World Heritage sites), as well as wine and mushroom caves. Most residencies are two weeks in length, with 10-15 artists in residence at a time. Weekly fees charged, includes breakfast and dinner with other residents. Open to visual artists of all kinds (including 2-D, sculptors, installation, and earth art), writers, and art historians. (visual, literary arts and scholars)

Porches Writing Retreat

The Porches Writing Retreat, 56 Pine Hill Lane, Norwood, VA 24581 (434) 263-4135. Historic 1854 farmhouse overlooking the James River Valley. Can accomodate 3 writers at a time in private rooms. Canoeing, hiking, and vineyards nearby. Fees charged. Open on first-come, first-served basis. (literary arts)

Renaissance House

Renaissance House Residency Program, Helene and Dorothy West Foundation for Artists in Need, 484 W. 43rd St., Suite 37-E, New York, NY 10036 (212) 564-7932. Email: renaissancehse@aol.com. Weeklong residencies from June to August in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. Fees charged. Classes and lectures with established authors offered. (literary arts)

Riverside Albert Artist Retreat

Riverside Albert Artist Retreat, 1749 2 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0G3 Tel: (403) 975-0190. Quiet, rural property on the Bay of Fundy. Accommodates up to 6 artists at a time on a first-come, first-served basis, for varying lengths of stay. Fees charged. (visual, literary, performing, and media arts).

Rockvale Writers’ Colony

Rockvale Writers’ Colony, 6994 Giles Hill Rd., College Grove, TN 37046 (615) 368-2289. Located on 317 acres of rolling farmland; facilities include swimming pool, whirlpool spa, tennis court, hiking trails. Residencies of one to four weeks, open to writers of any genre aged 21 and up. Shared weekly dinner; all other food must be provided and prepared by residents. Fees charged. (literary arts)

Salem Art Works

Salem Art Works, 19 Carey Lane, Salem, NY 12865 (518) 854-7674. Located on 120 acres of rolling hills and pastures on a former dairy farm. Hosts residencies, workshops, community programs and lectures. Facilities include glass, metal, and wood workshops, and outdoor stages. Residencies of one week to two months from June through October; weekly fees charged, some financial aid and work exchanges available. Open to a range of artists, including sculptors, instrument makers, dancers, writers, visual artists, musicians. Residents offered modest living space, good food, studio space, use of facilities, and optional studio assistant. Residents participate in a rotating schedule for cooking communal dinners. Residents may also participate in biweekly critiques and attend SAW events and classes. (visual, performing, and literary arts)

Studio in the Woods

A Studio in the Woods, 13401 River Rd., New Orleans, LA 70131 (504) 392-5359. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the last remaining wetland forest within the city limits of New Orleans. All buildings made using recycled materials and with environmental sensitivity. Seeks to support artists whose work reveals the oneness and interdependence of all life. Residencies of 3-4 weeks for 1 artist at a time; residents housed on the ground floor of the founder’s rustic home; some meals provided. Fees charged. One public presentation is required during the residency. (visual, literary, performing arts)


Studium/Visiting Scholar Program, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, 104 Chapel Lane, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Tel: (320) 363-7172.  Open to creative writers and scholars whose “projects and personal style are in keeping with Benedictine cultural and social commitments (the boundaries are wide!)—awareness of God, community, prayer and work, listening, hospitality, stewardship and peace.”  Residents provided with apartment and office, access to campus events and gym.  Noon and evening meals are in the monastery dining hall.  Fees charged; some scholarships available for those staying a month or longer. (literary arts)

Tatamagouche Centre

Tatamagouche Centre Independent Writer’s Retreat, RR2 Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0 Canada (800) 218-2220. One-week residency in Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Strait; fees charged; includes all meals. Double-occupancy rooms. Option to workshop works-in-progress with resident writer in the evenings. Walking trails and canoes nearby. Affiliated with the United Church of Canada. (literary arts.)

Terzo di Danciano

Terzo di Danciano, C.S. Val di Pierle 58, Mercatale – Cortona Tuscany, Italy. Tel: 39-0575-619-358. Not a dedicated artist colony, but a retreat center/holiday house/B&B with an interest in artists. Located in an 18th c. villa and adjoining former silkworm factory, overlooking a valley on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. Property includes a 700-foot theater space and outdoor pool. Can accommodate up to 20 people, including collaborative groups. Offers public workshops; artists are expected to pursue independent projects, but also participate in workshops and weekly field trips. Also rents to groups for weddings and seminars. Fees charged. Open to writers, musicians, painters, dancers, actors, filmmakers, photographers, and performance artists. (visual, performing, and literary arts)

Tyrone Art Center

Tyrone Art Center, 2651 Old Taneytown Rd., Westminster, MD 21158. (410) 259-1351. Residency of 2 to 4 weeks for an individual artist (writer, painter, ceramicist, papermaker, installation artist or environmental artist) to work in a rural setting with a private studio in a barn and housing in an 1820 log home on a 5-acre site with large pond and stream. Weekly fees charged. Residencies take place between April and November. (visual, literary arts)

UFA Fabrik

International Cultural Center UFA-Fabrik Berlin, Victoriastr. 13, D-12105 Berlin, Germany. Tel: 001-49-30-755-03-150. Artists center in Berlin with studios, classes, restaurant, galleries.  Also has a guest house for up to 10 visiting artists (and other travelers) available for a fee.  (visual, performing, literary, and media arts)

Union Bank Arts Centre

Union Bank Arts Centre, 22 Fraser Street, 3370 Clunes Victoria, Australia. Tel: 61-3-5345-3755. Residencies from 2 days to 3 months, open year-round, can accommodate artists’ families and groups. Fees charged.  Located in an historic 1865 bank building, dating from the Gold Rush era.  (visual, performing, literary arts)

Varuna Writers House

Varuna Writers’ Centre, 141 Cascade St, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia. Tel.: 61-47-825674. Located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales.  The Centre hosts readings and workshops; residencies are fee-based and open on a first-come basis.  (literary arts)

Wellspring House

Wellspring House, PO Box 2006, Ashfield, MA 01330  (413) 628-3276. Retreat center in Massachusetts hills, 35 minutes from Northampton/Amherst, sheltered by towering spruce, secluded but in town. Private rooms, communal kitchen in renovated carriage house. Accommodates up to 7 residents at a time. Wireless internet, library, meditation room. Fees charged; some partial scholarships. (literary, visual arts)

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, 858 Amigo Rd., Soquel, CA 95073 (831) 471-8459. Located on 4.7 acres that includes a redwood grove, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Offers week-long residencies in Glass House, or two weeks for emerging writers in the Library House, or two weeks for creative couples in the Pool House. Fees charged; does not include food (although kitchen access is provided). Some competitive fellowships offered. Visiting writers asked to feature at a weekly open mic. Wellstone Center also offers workshops and runs a small press. Most residencies offered on a first-come basis (literary arts).

Weymouth Center

Weymouth Center, 145 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387 or PO Box 939, Southern Pines, NC 28388 (910) 692-6261. 22-room Georgian Manor house located on 20 acres, no fees, North Carolina writers and translators only, purchase and prepare own food, short residencies of 1 to 2 weeks (literary arts)

Wildacres Retreat

Wildacres Retreat, PO Box 280, Little Switzerland, NC 28749 (828) 756-4573. Located on 1,600 acres atop Pompey Ridge approx. one hour from Asheville, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Individual cabins for each resident; 1 artist at a time; residencies of 1 week. Housing and meals provided. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Willows of Wallkill

Willows of Wallkill, Middletown, NY.  Located on 4 acres in Orange County. Fee-based, year-round program for visual artists. Residencies of 1-4 weeks, shared kitchen, open to collaborative teams.Open to architects, animators, cartoonists, conceptual artists, designers, digital artists, game designers, illustrators, industrial designers, jewelers, multidisciplinary artists, photographers and typographers, among others. (visual arts)

Wisdom House

Wisdom House, 229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759 (860) 567-3163. Interfaith center for women and men who value seeking and learning in a contemplative environment. Residency program and conference center on 54 acres, gardens, wooded areas in the foothills of the Berkshires. Fee-based; daily and weekly rates; competitive admissions. (literary, performing, visual arts)

Writers at the Eyrie

Eyrie Residence Program, 118 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249.  Open to US writers of poetry and short fiction over age 25 who are not residents of NYC. Residencies of 2 weeks to one month for a single writer at a time.  Located on the fourth floor of an apartment in Williamsburg; not ADA accessible.  Fees for some residencies; others are free of charge.  (literary arts)

Writers in the Heartland

Writers in the Heartland, c/o Dr. Patricia Brett Erens, 180 E. Pearson St., #3802, Chicago, IL 60611. Residency for up to 5 writers at a time in Gilman, IL, two hours south of Chicago, on a secluded lake surrounded by 32 acres of woodlands and farmland. Property includes hiking trails, a meditation garden, and an outdoor running track. All meals provided (vegetarian, low-fat, low-sodium fare). Open September and October only. Most writers stay one week, but some longer residencies also possible. (literary arts)