Artist-in-Residence Programs: Cascadia Region


The Cascadia Artist in Residence Network’s mission is to support, advocate, and communicate about artist-in-residence programs in the Cascadia region located in the northwestern United States. We love that about them. Below, please find resources curated by them. You can also find more writer resources at their website:

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Happy writing.



Alliance of Artist Communities

The Alliance of Artist Communities is based in the United States and offers information on programs new and old, mainly in the U.S. but also overseas.


Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP):

AWP’s directory of “conferences and literary centers” offers a searchable database that includes residencies.


Piney Wood Atlas (

This blog/book project tracks new and emerging residencies in a different geographic region each year, with illustrations, interviews with organization founders, and lots of photos.


Poets &

Poets & Writers magazine/site has a “conferences and residencies” database where you can find deadlines for residency applications.


New York Foundation for the

National resource on grants and other opportunities (such as residencies) for artists.


Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies

This network has resources on residencies in and beyond the United States.




Hugo House Writer-in-Residence and Made@Hugo programs (

One-year writer-in-residence posts that include a mix of work space, presentation opportunities, and other supports for a writer.


Jack Straw Foundation (

One-year program for up to a dozen writers working to hone their public performance and storytelling techniques for audio recording and presentation.


Town Hall Seattle (

Town Hall in recent years has hosted three-month writer/scholar-in-residence programs.




Storyknife Writers Retreat (Homer)

Fully funded writers’ residencies for women, for up to one month, with a $250 per week food stipend. Writers are invited to a few community dinners and presentation opportunities.




Artsmith (Orcas Island)

Longstanding residency on Orcas Island offering residencies, with housing provided at a historic bed-and-breakfast.


Bloedel Reserve (Bainbridge Island)

This newer program offers two- to four-week residencies at no cost, with housing and studio space both set inside a nature reserve.


Centrum (Port Townsend)

Residencies offered in one-week increments ($400/week) from September through June, and by invitation, in retro military housing at Fort Worden State Park on the Olympic Peninsula.


Grunewald Guild (Leavenworth)

Residencies for creative people whose work is informed by spirituality, with a variety of fee types based on length of stay, dining options, and studio space requests/requirements.


Hedgebrook (Whidbey Island)

Fully-funded residencies for women writers throughout the year, as well as paid master classes and other community activities supporting women on and outside of Whidbey Island.


Hypatia in the Woods (Shelton area)

Residency for one woman writer/creative at a time, by donation ($35/day suggested).


Mineral School (Mineral, WA – 2 hrs. from Seattle, near Mt. Rainier)

One-week and two-week residencies for writers and artists in a former 1940s elementary school; all meals provided. Cost is $250-$425 total, but some fellowships are available.


Rockland Residency (Seattle)

Residencies for individuals or small groups (up to 3) during February, March, and Apri,l in a refurbished midcentury home owned by two artists. Tell your out-of-town friends!


Sou’Wester Hotel (Seaview, WA)

This funky retro hotel within walking distance to the beach lets artists stay for discounted rates ($250-$350 as of ’18) from Sunday-Friday for DIY art-making.


Till (Arlington - Smoke Farm)

Long weekend of personal writing time on a rustic farm, with opt-in workshops, creative prompts, and communal meals, capped off by production of a chapbook featuring participants. $40/day.


Helen R. Whiteley Center (Friday Harbor)

DIY residencies in 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom cottages available for nominal fees ($50-90/night) at this UW-owned retreat, good for people seeking space on short notice.


Willapa Bay AiR (Oysterville)

Fully funded month-long residencies for 42 writers and artists (6 at a time) annually, with residents living in charming cottages in a beautiful coastal setting.




Caldera (Sisters, OR)

One-month residencies available in a natural, mountain setting in central Oregon. Takes applications from and has special programs for parent artists.


Playa (Summer Lake, OR) (

Funded residencies available in two-week increments to writers and artists, set in an unusual natural environment (a desert lake basin) that stimulates many folks’ creative work.


Signal Fire (Portland, OR)

This Portland, Oregon-based organization offers residencies for those whose work connects to the natural world in roving campout settings, often around Oregon but in other geographies, too.


Sitka Center (Otis, OR)

This up-to-14-week residency is open to visual artists, writers, and ecologists as well as those doing multidisciplinary work that connects somehow to nature.


Suttle Lodge (Sisters, OR)

This lakefront lodge in the Deschutes National Forest offers a rustic cabin for residencies during non-summer months. Musicians, writers, eco-artists, and others may apply. The lodge offers a $200 food stipend per residency, for groceries or restaurant meals at its facilities.



Artist Trust (

This Washington state organization offers grants to individual artists.


Pen Parentis (

This organization offers $1000 fellowships to parent writers.


Sustainable Arts Foundation (

This organization offers funding to parent writers and has formed connections and funding for parents to attend particular residencies around the United States.