As of January 22, 2018, funding has been secured or pledged for five of the six cabins that will comprise the Storyknife Writers Retreat. Each of the cabins will be named for an Alaskan woman of distinction. There is one more cabin that is available for support. Donations in the amount of $50,000 give the funder naming privileges. If you think that you might like to name a cabin after a woman who has made an incredible impact in your life or the lives of others, now would be a good time to contact us!
Last May, the final funds for the main house were secured. Former Alaska Writer Laureate, Peggy Shumaker and her husband Joe Usibelli matched and doubled the donations of one hundred and twelve people. The main house will be named after Homer writer and poet, Eva Saulitis.
In its first two years of operation, Storyknife has been able to offer five women month-long residencies in which to devote their time solely to writing. When the entire residency is built, it will be able to offer at minimum 42 women residencies each year.
We are in the middle of the adjudication for this year’s residencies. There were 97 applications for 3 spaces! Every applicant has hopes and dreams for her writing. How we wish we could award time to all of them. Any help you can give us to cross the finish line at funding the entire infrastructure and building cost would be most joyously welcomed. And thank you again, to all of the people whose generosity has brought us this far!