Endless Gratitude

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Thank you!

It’s been an amazing year at Storyknife. We’ve gotten to host incredibly talented women writers and prepare for even more residencies in 2022.

Your generosity helped us reach two challenge grants this year. All donations go directly to support women writers having the time and the space to devote to their craft. Which means new books, stories, plays, poems, memoirs, essays, and movie scripts written by women with broader, more inclusive visions of the world for all of us to experience!

None of us could have predicted what the 2020s were going to be like, but your support has allowed Storyknife to get off the ground, and next year those wings will be even stronger and more far-reaching.

Thank you for being part of the Storyknife community. Your support for women writers and their stories is changing the world. Know that each and every one of you is cherished by all of us at Storyknife.

May 2022 bring all light and love and laughter into your lives.

take care and stay safe,
Erin

Keep dreaming…

Storyknife dreams under a blanket of snow

To attend Storyknife is to leave behind the mundane, the ordinary, and enter a dimension of mind, hand, and heart.  This rich opportunity, this residency, allowed my words to track the path of sun and late-night moon, the drift and movement of Cook Inlet currents, and the touch and go of cumulus hiding and revealing distant peaks. I wrote to the wandering hooves of transiting moose families, to the wing flap of sandhill cranes.  And I wanted for nothing.

– Kersten Christianson (Storyknife 2021 poet)

It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Storyknife is like planting seeds. You, the donors, the writers, the women who dream, you all know that supporting a woman writer means that in the future there will be blossoms and fruit and nourishment. Giving a woman writer time to watch the path of the sun and the whitecaps out on Cook Inlet, time to sit at her desk with pen at hand, and time to listen so carefully to her story will make the world a better, richer place.

Thank you for your support in all its forms. There is still time before the end of the year to show women writers that they and their poems, stories, films, plays, memoirs, novels, are important, vital even.

If you prefer to donate by check, please send your donation to Storyknife, PO BOX 75, Homer, AK 99603.

All donations are tax deductible, and you will be sent a receipt with our gratitude. 

take care and stay safe,
Erin
Executive Director of Storyknife

Adjudication results

On Friday, I sent out all of the invitations, waitlist notifications, and rejection letters. It’s a tough day, because even though I’m so excited for the women who get invitations, and even for those who are waitlisted, I know how hard it is to receive a rejection letter. Trust me, I’ve applied to many residencies and not been admitted.

Here’s the thing I want everyone to know, not just the folks who applied and won’t be coming. I read every application and there weren’t any writers that I didn’t think deserved a chance to nurture their work. Women’s writing is so important, and your voices and stories are so important. But the truth is that we only have so many cabins and so many months. And while I’d like to offer feedback to those who weren’t chosen, I can’t. We didn’t ask the adjudicators to explain their choices, and doing so would add a lot more work to their already full plates.

To all of the folks who have been so generous in supporting Storyknife, thank you. Without you, Storyknife couldn’t open its doors for any women writers. You are the ones that make all of this possible.

I hope that any woman writer reading this knows that at Storyknife, we’re rooting for you. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to come in 2022, we’re rooting for you to keep making time for your work. Keeping finding those quiet moments to sit down at your desk.

You’re worth it. Your writing is worth it. We have faith in you.

take care and stay safe,
Erin

Giving Tuesday? Giving every day.

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November 30th is Giving Tuesday, but here at Storyknife we feel gratitude year-round. We are grateful to the people who have already donated toward our $25,000 challenge grant. We’re heading in the right direction and with your help, we’ll make it over the threshold. Can you include Storyknife in your year-end giving? Your donation is direct support of women writers. You give them the time and the space to write. You give them a place where they feel nourished, and where they form a community that will support them for the rest of their lives.

You have the opportunity to tell a woman writer that her voices matters.

Preeti Kaur wrote about her time in residence this July:

“My time at Storyknife was magical. It was my first writing residency. My initial days there I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratefulness that my voice mattered enough in the world that a team of people had carved out space in the world for me to write, in my own room.  I made wonderful friends with my fellow writers and we shared innumerable adventures —from long meandering talks while volcano-watching, to hiking to the glaciers, to orca-sighting while sea-kayaking, to learning the names of the Homer wildflowers on evening walks. The sun didn’t set for most of the month and I felt the light lifting me into the surreal belief that writing would carry me into the next horizon of knowing oneself and the world, to illuminating what had been buried within so as to make the world new again.”

Your support makes this experience possible for other women writers. If you donate now, you will let a woman know that her voice, her writing, her story is important and can make the world new again.

If you prefer to donate by check, please send your donation to Storyknife, PO BOX 75, Homer, AK 99603.

Remember, you can help reach that goal of the $25,000 challenge grant! Double your support by giving now.

take care and stay safe,

Erin
Executive Director of Storyknife

You make a dream a reality.

As of today, we are a quarter of the way to the finish line. You can help. Like a good relay team, we hand the baton to the next person who can see the ribbon just a little farther off.

And the prize? YOU make a dream come true. YOU provide time and space for women writers to pursue their writing with single-minded focus. YOU make their dreams come true.

This is what Jodi Savage, September Storyknife writer in residence, had to say about her time at Storyknife this year:

“From the moment I stepped into my cabin, Storyknife was a dream. Erin and Maura took such good care of us. Their hospitality and care made Storyknife home away from home. The quiet time to focus allowed me to get a lot of writing done during my time at Storyknife. I also enjoyed the company of the other women in my cohort. They were amazing, impressive, and inspiring. We held our own readings and shared our favorite passages and writing quotes. We talked about writing, our lives, and the world. Storyknife was also healing and restorative in so many ways.

Storyknife embodies the principle that when you nurture the whole person, she becomes a better person and a better writer. My time at Storyknife allowed me to reset my writing, my body, and my life. I’ll be forever grateful for my time at Storyknife and the connections I made.”

You can help provide this experience for other women writers.

During the months of November and December, Storyknife has a $25,000 challenge grant by an anonymous donor; we need to raise $18,750 more before the end of the year, for this generous individual to match those donations.

You can make Storyknife a reality for another year’s group of talented, diverse, women writers.

For those who’ve given, thank you so much for believing that women’s books, scripts, poems, memoirs and more will make our world a richer, more interesting place. Thank you for supporting women writers.

If you prefer to donate by check, please send your donation to Storyknife, PO BOX 75, Homer, AK 99603.

Remember, every dollar donated between now and the end of the year will be matched up to $25,000. You can help reach that goal!

take care and stay safe,
Erin
Executive Director of Storyknife

Making a dream a reality

At first, Storyknife was Dana Stabenow’s dream. Now it is the dream of women writers from all over the United States and the world. We’ve just finished up our first season of full residencies and are working on adjudicating the applications for next year’s residencies.

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You can help provide this experience for other women writers. You can make their dreams come true.

During the months of November and December, Storyknife has a challenge grant by an anonymous donor; if we can raise $25,000 before the end of the year, this generous individual will match those donations.

Your open-hearted generosity can put beautifully-prepared, nourishing food on the table; keep the lights and heat on in the cozy cabins; keep the gardens tended, and more. In short, you can make Storyknife a reality for another year’s group of talented, diverse, women writers.

Make their dreams come true so that they can write the books, scripts, poems, memoirs and more that make our world a richer, more interesting place.

If you prefer to donate by check, please send your donation to Storyknife, PO BOX 75, Homer, AK 99603.

Remember, every dollar donated between now and the end of the year will be matched up to $25,000. You can help reach that goal!

take care and stay safe,
Erin
Executive Director of Storyknife

October at Storyknife

On October 21st, the moon was setting just as the sunrise lit up Mt. Iliamna.

Next week marks the end of Storyknife’s first year in full operation. Five months of writers in residence. Five months of late night conversations over chai, long walks together, reading work to each other, gathering around the table to feast on Maura’s incredible dinners. Five months of lovesick moose, sandhill cranes, and a cheeky jay. Five months of lunch baskets, encouragement, shared laughter, and possibly some shared tears. Five months and pages and pages and pages of new writing in the world!

Right now, we are smack dab in the middle of adjudicating the applications that came in for 2022 season. Honestly, I wish we had room for every writer who applied, who has hopes and dreams to have unfettered time and space. So many dreamers. I want every woman who applied to know that her writing and her dream is important, even if we don’t have cabins for all of them. I promise that we’ll have the adjudication results ready by the end of November, beginning of December at the very latest.

Meanwhile, we are heading into the season of long nights curled up with books. The season of gratitude. I know that I speak for the board and for Maura and for myself when I say that we are grateful for all of the members of the Storyknife community. Each year that circle gets a little bigger and more vibrant. Thank you for being on this journey with us. We can’t wait to see what amazing things will happen next!

The Storyknife Board, Maura, and I will spend the deep winter months preparing for next year’s writers in residence who will start in April! We’ll be dreaming with all of you. Dreaming of all the amazing writing that will come into this world because the women of Storyknife made it so.

take care and stay safe,
Erin Hollowell, ED at Storyknife

Autumn at Storyknife and Applications Open

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Only one month of residencies remains for the 2021 Storyknife Writers Retreat season. One more month this year for women writers to hunker down in their cabins, watch autumn winds ripple the dry grass in the meadow, and write their hearts out. One more month this year for them to gather in Eva’s House to talk over amazing dinners prepared by Maura, compare notes on the work they completed for the day, perhaps sit around the living room and enjoy tea and each other’s company. One more month this year for women to devote themselves to their writing dreams and aspirations.

Thank goodness for 2022! Women writers have until September 30th, midnight Alaska time, to submit their application to be one of the women writers in residence next year. It has been so amazing to watch this year’s writers finish their book proposals, or write 5,000 words a day, or put the finishing touches on their poetry collections. It is not an exaggeration to tell you that since June 1st, Storyknife has been fairly humming with creative energy. That enthusiasm and inspiration is contagious!

If you are one of the many individuals who has donated to support Storyknife, you made this happen. Your generosity has directly supported women writers having the time and space to devote to their writing. Thank you. Your gift has blossomed this summer and will grow for many more years.

take care and stay safe,
Erin

Opportunity and food for thought

In 2022, Storyknife will have writers in residence from May through October. It hardly seems possible that it’s right around the corner, but it is and, in fact, we’re accepting applications for next year starting on August 1st through September 30th. All of the details of how to apply and what you’ll need are on Storyknife’s website at https://storyknife.org/how-to-apply/.

Meanwhile, I’ll give you a little food for thought. One of the aims of Storyknife is tell women writers from the moment they cross the threshold of Eva’s House that they and their writing are worth the care that has been taken for them. We show it in the art made by local women artists and potters. We show it in the beautiful quilts on the wall made by local women quilters and in the snuggly blankets on the bed. And we show it in the food that is prepared for them.

Here are a few pictures of the amazing food that Maura has prepared over the last two months to nourish the writers.

Roasted salmon with asparagus
Beetroot falafel with hummus
Lunch tableau by July writer in residence Kersten

At Storyknife, we believe that every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revising the official version.

take care and stay safe,
Erin
Executive Director of Storyknife

What’s going on at Storyknife in June!

 So far, the month has been gloriously full of women writing, amazing food, and budding community. June has pulled her usual weather shenanigans: brilliant sun, wind, sudden downpours, and yesterday, fog.

Cabins in Fog

It is difficult for me to explain to you how much it means to actually be fulfilling the mission of Storyknife. What was the stuff of dreams is now a reality, not just for me and Maura, Storyknife’s chef, but for Dana and the board, AND also the women writers in residence. In the words of one of the writers, “For the first time in a long while, I feel deeply relaxed, inspired by the incredible nature, enriched by the wonderful company of the other artists, nourished by the amazing food and extremely cozy and comfortable cabins… there couldn’t possibly be a better environment for opening up the deep channels necessary for writing. From the bottom my heart, thank you. This is such an incredible gift to be here.”

At the beginning of August, we’ll be opening up the application period for 2022. But there are still nine more days this month during which you can donate toward our $25,000 June Challenge and have your donation DOUBLED. You can give a gift to women writers; you can give them the time and space they need to truly sink into their writing and devote their whole selves to it. You can put us over the top for the Challenge Grant.

Please join our community of supporters. And to all the women writers, we’re looking forward to hosting writers from April through October next year, so please apply!

As always, a donation in any amount helps support Storyknife’s mission. Donations can be made via our secure online server or by checks sent to Storyknife, PO Box 75, Homer, Alaska 99603. All donations are tax deductible, and you will receive a tax receipt for your records.

take care and stay safe,
Erin
Executive Director of Storyknife

June’s writers call these two Fred Eye and Ginger. Wonder what the July writers will call them.