In April 2016, Storyknife Writers Retreat held our first open call for a Residency Fellow. Any woman writer over 21 years of age was eligible to apply for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks during the month of September 2016. The first Storyknife fellow was Kim Steutermann Rogers, chosen by a jury of writers selected by Storyknife. In 2017, we hosted four fellows: Mairead Byrne in June, Megan Donnelly in July, Bea Chang in August, and Ruby Hansen Murray in September. In 2018, as we raise the final funds to bill the entire residency, we will be hosting women writers during the months of June, July, and August. Our 2018 fellows are Casandra Lopez, Ching-In Chen, and Sharbari Ahmed.
The residency cabin has one bedroom and one bathroom with all modern conveniences provided. The kitchen is equipped with a hot plate, a microwave, an electric kettle and a refrigerator. The living room has a desk for writing and a chair for reading. The view is incomparable.
The Storyknife Fellow will sit down to a welcome dinner her first evening at Storyknife with Dana Stabenow and Erin Hollowell, and to a celebratory dinner their last day with Dana and assorted members of the Storyknife board, staff, and advisory council. The rest of their stay the Fellow is expected to purchase food and cook their own meals.
The Fellow will be responsible for transportation costs from where they live to Homer, Alaska. It has been our experience that it is beneficial to have vehicle. For each week she is in residency, the inaugural Fellow will receive a $250 stipend to cover food and transportation costs, to be awarded at the final dinner.