Mineral School 2021 Residencies

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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. 


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


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. 

Mineral School 2021 Residencies