Wellstone Center offers four writing fellowships per year, as well as week-long writing residencies and an emerging writers residencies. The Center is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, four miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Applications are considered year round.
WCR WRITING FELLOWSHIP
For many writers, this is a dream: two weeks to focus on a writing project in a beautiful setting, so spread the word – or apply now yourself. We’ll be offering four two-week WCR Writing Fellowships in 2019. Apply any time.
We offer a setting of spectacular beauty sure to inspire any writer to make progress with a writing project, but also a chance to pamper yourself with a break pamper yourself with a break from many of the pointless distractions of day-to-day life. A visiting writing fellow can enjoy many hours of solitude, either in the Library House, a book-filled cabin on the verge of the forest, with no electricity or running water, where she or he will be staying (bath room and shower are in the Main House, a short walk up the hill) or a walk out on our private trails through the redwoods or elsewhere on our 4.7 acres of beautiful land, four miles up from the Pacific Ocean near Santa Cruz, California. Twice a week we have morning yoga or a group hike, and on Tuesday night the visiting writer reads at OpenMic night. The visiting writing fellow can also enjoy joining the permanent residents of the WCR for our delicious common meals, prepared with fresh fruit and vegetables from our own organic gardens and eggs from our hens. We bake bread regularly and provide fellows with fresh fruit and vegetables and all the basic staples for breakfast, lunch and dinner (for special requests, like decaffeinated coffee or almond milk, we’re happy to take fellows to a local market where they can buy some provisions on their own). One note for 2019: Co-directors Sarah and Steve live here at the Wellstone Center, along with our two young daughters, who will turn three and five this year, and as much as we endeavor to keep the noise level down, writers with a strong aversion to the presence of small children in the vicinity might not find our setting ideal.
Here are the basics:
• two weeks of undistracted writing
• private accommodations in the rustic “Library House”
• food staples for a wholesome diet
• nearly uninterrupted solitude, but also group activities like yoga, hikes and OpenMic
• feedback on writing, if desired
• Internet access in the Main House
• shared bathroom a minute’s walk away
The fellowship does not include transportation expenses to come to us, and we expect people to make their own arrangements. Writing fellows are encouraged to do some work in our gardens now and then, to experience firsthand a connection with nature, and to help with the preparation of meals. We ask fellows to focus on one major writing project of fiction or creative nonfiction when they are here and to make that a high priority. We hope there is time for regular walks on the trails and of course to engage us in conversation, especially when we all read from our writing for Tuesday Night OpenMic Night. But we also encourage fellows to be single-minded about nourishing their writing; if you want to be anti-social for days at a time and spend all your time writing, that’s fine, too. Preference is given to writers with at least one published work.