Mineral School is an artists residency located in a former 1947 elementary school near Mt. Rainier, in Mineral, Washington. During 2021, we're hosting accepted 2020 writing and visual artist residents who could not attend in 2020 due to our closure during the pandemic, as well as up to 8 additional writing residents. We have openings for poetry and prose writers during three two-week residency sessions, providing accepted applicants with space and time to create new work without the interruptions of normal life and with the bonus of healthy meals prepared by culinary volunteers using locally-grown organic produce and eggs where possible. 

Each resident will live in an 800-square foot former classroom that offers peekaboo views of Mineral Lake and Mt. Rainier, and that will double as their writing studio, with desk and chair, lighting, bookcase, and lots of chalkboards. The school building has shared bathrooms with showers. Residents are served all meals daily (plus 24/7 access to a snack fridge and coffee/tea station), and will have the opportunity to share work with the public. Mineral features a fishing lake, boat rentals (or our two free kayaks), some in-town hiking trails, a bar, a B&B, a general store, churches, a post office, and many deer. It's a 25-minute drive to the Ashford/Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Visiting authors and artists: During each two-week residency, special guests will visit and present work. Typically, alumni presenters visit and in some cases bring with them a special guest artist they've chosen to introduce to Mineral. Due to continued precautions related to COVID-19. we may host these activities online; this will be decided on a session-by-session basis with residents.

Resident presentations: If they wish, residents can share with one another and the public at each session's "show and tell" held during residency. These presentations are typically held after dinner in our library/multi-purpose room and are casual dessert potlucks. Due to continued precautions related to COVID-19. we may host these activities online; this will be decided on a session-by-session basis with residents.

We are accepting applications from June 1, 2021, through July 15, 2021 (Midnight, PST) for 2021 residencies. Notification will be given at least two months before the residency period for which you've applied. 

2021 RESIDENCY DATES

Residency sessions with openings will be held during the following two-week time periods:

September 26, 2021 - October 10, 2021

October 17, 2021 - October 31, 2021

November 7, 2021 - November 21, 2021

PAID RESIDENCY OPTIONS

We're pleased to offer up to eight nominally-priced residencies in 2021.

Two-week residencies for poets and writers cost $425 and include room, board, presentations by guest writer and artists, opportunities for public presentation, and lots of love. Travel is not included; travel from points (bust stations, Amtrak, airports, in-town) between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, to Mineral may be arranged for $20-$30/each way. 




Who should apply? If you write poetry (prose poetry, poetry in stanzas, free verse, limericks, Haikus, etc.), or any other form of poetry, this is where you should apply. Writers at all career stages are encouraged.

Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of established poetry and prose writers. Your work is presented anonymously to the readers and they will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample. Your application will be assigned a number once it is completed.

What you will need to prepare before beginning the application process:

Short bio: In one paragraph, how would you describe your education, publication or public readings experience, and any paid or service work that helps further your artistic vision? 

Artist Statement: In a one-page (maximum) statement, please discuss how a residency would help you advance your creative work. Also share a short statement about your writing process and/or what life experiences and literary influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as a writer. Be yourself! The reviewers want to get a sense of you as an artist and your creative process.  For the artist statement you do not include information regarding awards, published work, or identifying or biographical information (you can put that in your bio). This assures admissions are blind.

Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to 20 pages of poetry in 12-point font, in a Word Doc, Docx, or PDF format. Work samples can be work-in-progress or already published work -- whatever you feel will make the strongest application. You are welcome to include an introductory note (a paragraph or two) explaining the sample (i.e. -- this is a selection of a cycle of sonnets etc..). Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages. Please do not use your name in the title of the file you upload. (If your name is Jane Doe, don't upload janedoe.doc!)

Preferred Residency Dates: Our application lets you choose your preferred residency period. If you can only attend during your preferred residency period, do not designate 2nd or 3rd choice residency periods. If you have a preferred residency period but are willing to attend other sessions in the event your first choice isn't possible, mark 2nd and/or 3rd choices. If all dates are equally fine, tick that box.

Please don't hit the "submit" button on your application until all elements are attached!



















 

Who should apply? If you write prose (fiction, nonfiction, memoir, essay, things that occur in large blocks of text over long series of pages) or any other form of prose, this is where you should apply. Writers at all career stages are encouraged.

Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of prose writers with competence in your genre. Your work is presented anonymously to the readers and they will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample. Your application will be assigned a number once it is completed.

What you will need to prepare before beginning the application process:

Short bio: In one paragraph, how would you describe your education, publication or public readings experience, and any paid or service work that helps further your artistic vision?

Artist Statement: In a one-page (maximum) statement, please discuss how a residency would help you advance your creative work. Also share a short statement about your writing process and/or what life experiences and literary influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as a writer. Be yourself. The reviewers want to get a sense of you as an artist and your particular creative process.  This will help in making final decisions. For the artist statement you do not include information regarding awards, published work, or identifying or biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.

Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to 10,000 words (prose) in 12-point font, in a Word Doc, Docx, or PDF format. Work samples can be work-in-progress or already published work -- whatever you feel will make the strongest application. You are welcome to include an introductory note (a paragraph or two) explaining the sample (i.e. -- this is a prologue, this is a memoir excerpt, etc.). Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages. Please do not use your name in the title of the file you upload. (If your name is Jane Doe, don't upload janedoe.doc!)

Preferred Residency Dates: Our application lets you choose your preferred residency period. If you can only attend during your preferred residency period, do not designate 2nd or 3rd choice residency periods. If you have a preferred residency period but are willing to attend other sessions in the event your first choice isn't possible, mark 2nd and/or 3rd choices. If all dates are equally fine, tick that box.

Please don't hit the "submit" button on your application until all elements are attached!



















 

Mineral School 2021 Residencies