“When you’re ready to move from summer reading to summer writing”–Washington Post, June 8, 2017
Men need not apply for Storyknife Writers Retreat, a program in Homer, Alaska, founded by mystery-novel powerhouse Dana Stabenow. For her, Storyknife is a way to repay a creative debt. Early in her career, she attended Hedgebrook Farm, a women-only writing retreat on Whidbey Island in Washington State.
Why women-only? “It’s still true that women are underrepresented in publishing,” Stabenow says. “It’s different when you’re just concentrating on women writers. There’s more of a focus. It’s a total removal from their ordinary, everyday life.”
Stabenow’s Storyknife, which is nonprofit, has raised money for three cabins so far, with a main house and three more cabins planned. Sixty-five people applied this year for four slots, one of which will be taken by a not-yet-published writer. Stabenow expects to host four writers again in 2018.
Cost/duration: Free (includes small stipend to defray transportation costs); one month.