If you really want to concentrate your work, get support, and pamper yourself, writer’s retreats are a great solution.
Here’s one I experienced myself — the Vermont Studio Center, a beautiful, peaceful, stimulating community of artists and writers who gather to get their work done! The deadline for application is October 1st.
I went for a blissful, challenging month, and completed the work on a poetry project that was really important to me. The food was divine, the landscape perfect, the visiting writers were marvelous, and my fellow artists and writers and I had a half scholarship, so I was able to really dive into the work without breaking the bank. It did take some rearranging of my life, but it was really worth it…
Here are two fellowships AWWG members and women writers I know might be eligible for:
Civil Society Institute Fellowship
One award for an east coast minority artist with demonstrable financial need. Award includes a $500 travel stipend.
ELIGIBILITY: To be considered for this award, please complete the cultural background portion of VSC’s application and include financial documentation (a copy of the first page of your most recent income tax return, a recent W-2, a statement of need, etc.). Preference will be given to those artists with current addresses in the New Haven, Jersey City, and Baltimore areas.
Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship
One fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC. This award includes a stipend of $1,250 to help cover expenses associated with taking the residency, including but not limited to travel, rent, childcare or to replace lost income.
Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
Sixteen awards open to all artists and writers, based entirely on merit.
Whatever you do, keep writing!
P.S. If this one month retreat seems too long or too far, check out my local, one-day Fall Storyweaving intensives to fuel your creative process. The next one for writers is September 14 in Accokeek, MD.