Mineral School is an artists residency located in a former 1947 elementary school near Mt. Rainier, in Mineral, Washington. During 2020, we're offering four two-week residency sessions to poetry and prose writers, as well as visual artists, 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 food whenever possible. During September 2020, we'll offer one one-week residency to 4 writers or artists who are parents of children under 18, through support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation

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. Visual artist residents will be offered space to work outside of their classrooms (unless they wish or want work in their medium in the room where they sleep). 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 swimmable fishing lake, boat rentals, a bar, a B&B, a general store, churches, a post office, and many deer. It's a 25-minute drive to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Visiting authors and artists: During each two-week residency, special guests will visit and present work. Typically, alumni presenters will visit and in some cases bring with them a special guest artist they've chosen to introduce to Mineral.

Resident presentations: If they wish, residents can share with one another and the public at our monthly residents' "show and tell" held during residency. These presentations are held after dinner in our library/multi-purpose room and are casual dessert potlucks.

We are accepting applications from January 1, 2020, through February 15, 2020 (Midnight, PST) for 2020 residencies. Notification will be given at least two months before the residency period for which you've applied. 


2020 RESIDENCY DATES

Residency sessions are held during the following time periods. 

Two-week residency periods:

May 10-May 24, 2020: Mixed-genre Residency

June 14-June 28, 2020: Mixed-genre Residency

July 19-August 2 2020: Mixed-genre Residency

August 16-August 30, 2020: Mixed-genre Residency

One-week parents' residency:

September 11-September 19, 2020: Mixed-genre Residency (parents only)


FELLOWSHIP OPTIONS

Mineral School offers a mix of paid and funded residency spots. Our fellowships are competitive and we try to keep our paid spots inexpensive and accessible. If you'd like to pursue a fellowship, please know that on your fellowship application you can choose whether or not to remain in consideration for a paid spot should we be unable to grant you a funded one. We designed applications this way so you pay only one fee to apply but are juried as broadly as desired. (In other words, don't apply for both a fellowship and a paid spot --  just apply for the fellowship and mark that you'd remain in consideration for a paid spot should you not receive a fellowship.)

We're pleased to offer a total of 10 fellowships in 2020.   

June Dodge Writing Fellows (4, any session) attend a mixed-genre summer residency session for free and receive travel assistance from any point in or between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, in addition to room and board, visits by presenting authors, and opportunities to share work publicly. These fellowships are open to writers from the Pacific Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA) and Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon). 

The Erin Donovan Writing Fellow (1, August 2020) is for an emerging woman writer of poetry or prose living in Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, or Washington, who is 40 or older, and whose writing expresses both wit and compassion. This fellowship covers the residency fee (room and board, guest presenters, options to present) and includes travel reimbursement up to $175 (for OR/WA residents) or up to $400 (for MA/NY residents). This fellowship is supported by loved ones of Erin Donovan, an Oregon fiction writer, teacher, and outdoors woman who died in 2015. 

The Mona Lisa Roberts Visual Arts Fellowship (1) supports a visual artist (graphic novelist/comics artist, painter, photographer, fabric artist, paper artist, etc.) who self-identifies as LGBTQ and lives in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon). This fellowship funds a two-week residency during summer (June, July, or August) and transit from Seattle, Portland, or points between. Depending on the medium and artist's preference, they can work in the studio room where they sleep, spread out in the gym, or improvise outdoors. Feel free to contact us about space needs before applying. 

SAF Parent Fellowships (4, September 2020) support four parent artists from anywhere in North America. If you have parenting responsibilities for a child 18 or under, you are welcome to apply. Accepted artists attend for free and receive travel assistance from any point in or between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA (including from those cities' airports, and Amtrak or Bolt bus stops) along the I-5 corridor, in addition to room and board, visits by presenting artists, and opportunities to share work.


PAID RESIDENCY OPTIONS

We're pleased to offer 10 nominally-priced residencies in 2020.

Two-week residencies for poets, writers and visual artists (painters, illustrators, graphic novelists, makers, photographers, fabric artists, paper artists, and other media) cost $425 and include room, board, presentations by guest writer and artists, opportunities for public presentation, and lots of love. Visual artists bring their own materials and may use as studio space their room, the school's grounds, covered patio, the gym stage, or plein air sites of their choice; we have ample tables and space which can be configured around your needs. If you are a visual artist and are in doubt about whether you can accomplish your medium in our space, write to us before applying at mineralschoolarts@gmail.com. Travel is not included; travel from points between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, to Mineral may be arranged ($20-30/each way). 




The Erin Donovan Writing Fellowship is open to an emerging woman writer of poetry or prose living in Massachusetts, New York, Washington, or Oregon, who is at least 40 years old as of June 1, 2019, and whose writing expresses both wit and compassion. This fellowship includes room and board as well as a travel stipend of ($175 max for WA/OR, $400 max for MA/NY) and is available for the August 2019 residency period (August 18 - September 1, 2019).

About Erin Donovan: This fellowship was established to honor the memory of Erin Donovan (1965-2015), a talented fiction writer, beloved teacher, and independent creative spirit who made her home in the Pacific Northwest. Beloved for her joie de vivre, sense of humor, and compassion, Erin was a gifted and intuitive thinker, attuned to human nature and the brilliant particulars of the everyday. Offering this fellowship in her name, her friends and family seek to support the talent and literary potential of other women writers who will find creative space and time at Mineral School. The fellowship is for the August residency, in honor of the month Erin passed away.

Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of established poetry and prose writers, and finalists may be additionally reviewed by friends and family of Erin. Your work is presented anonymously to the readers and they will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample and boldness of your voice. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample or the title of the documents for those samples (eg, if your name is Jane Doe, don't title your document "JaneDoe.doc").


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 jurors want to get a sense of you as an artist and your creative process.  This will help in making final decisions. For the artist statement please do not include information regarding awards, published work, or identifying  biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.


Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to 10,000 words (prose) or 20 pages (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 prologue, this is a memoir excerpt, etc.). Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample, i.e. make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages.


Residency Dates: August 16, 2020 - August 30, 2020.


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









June Dodge Fellowships are open to poetry or prose writers from the Northwest -- Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon) -- and whose work is inspired by adventure, travel, or the outdoors. The June Dodge fellowship includes your room/writing studio, meals, and transit to Mineral from Portland, Seattle, or points between those two cities. 

About June Dodge: June Dodge is not a real person -- but she's got a real heart. June Dodge emerged from a typo in the local newspaper, but what a great typo, what a great muse. We picture June Dodge as a wild west character, tough but gracious, with a little dirt on her brow from a hard day's work, an Aries spitfire, probably ready to spend the evening talking quatrains or Coltrane over a tin cup of moonshine before kicking her chair over with her boot and going back to the typewriter to make the words fly like bullets. It takes grit to write and June Dodge has it. If you've got character and determination she'd like to support that.

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 jurors want to get a sense of you as an artist and your 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) or 20 pages (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 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. Also, do not include your name as the title of your document. (That is, 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 3rd choices. If all the dates are equally fine with you, tick that box. 

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





June Dodge Fellowships are open to poetry or prose writers from the Northwest -- Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon) -- and whose work is inspired by adventure, travel, or the outdoors. The June Dodge fellowship includes your room/writing studio, meals, and transit to Mineral from Portland, Seattle, or points between those two cities.

About June Dodge: June Dodge is not a real person -- but she's got a real heart. June Dodge emerged from a typo in the local newspaper, but what a great typo, what a great muse. We picture June Dodge as a wild west character, tough but gracious, with a little dirt on her brow from a hard day's work, an Aries spitfire, probably ready to spend the evening talking quatrains or Coltrane over a tin cup of moonshine before kicking her chair over with her boot and going back to the typewriter to make the words fly like bullets. It takes grit to write and June Dodge has it. If you've got character and determination she'd like to support that.

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 jurors 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. This assures that 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. Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages. Also, do not include your name as the title of your document. (That is, if your name is Sylvia Plath, don't upload sylviaplath.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 3rd choices. If all the dates are equally fine with you, tick that box. 


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






Who should apply? The Mona Lisa Roberts Visual Artist Fellowship is open to an artist who self-identifies as LGBTQ+ and lives in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon). This fellowship funds a two-week residency any month and transit assistance if needed from Seattle, Portland, or points between. If you are a visual artist who can bring your own supplies to Mineral and work in improvised studio space, this is the place for you to apply. We have a lot of space, though we don't have a specific "visual art studio" -- you can work on a covered patio, inside our gym (which has good light, a lockable door, and walls to pin/tape/tack work up), plein air about town, or, if your medium (graphic novelist? pen-and-ink artist? fabric guru? editing your digital photos?) isn't too stinky to live with, you can work in the room where you sleep (which has chalkboards and pushpin surfaces etc.). Because of fire risks, we currently cannot have portable kilns, blowtorches, or other highly flammable art-making onsite.

Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of visual artists. Your work is presented anonymously 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, shows, gallery presence or other public 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 process and/or what life experiences and influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as an artist. Be yourself. The jurors 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, shows, or identifying or biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.


Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to five images of your art in JPEG, GIF, or TIFF form. Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample files. (If your name is Vincent Van Gogh, don't upload vvangogh.jpeg -- change that file name to something without your name embedded in it.)


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 3rd choices. If all choices are equally fine for you, tick off that box.


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









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 jurors 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 established poetry and 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 jurors 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!









 

Who should apply? If you are a visual artist who can bring your own supplies to Mineral and work in improvised studio space, this is the place for you to apply. We have a lot of space, though we don't have a specific "visual art studio" -- you can work on a covered patio, inside our gym (which has a mix of natural and overhead light, a lockable door, locker rooms with janitor sinks, and walls to pin/tape/tack work up), plein air about town, or, if your medium (graphic novelist? pen-and-ink artist? fabric guru? editing your digital photos?) isn't too stinky to live with, you can work in the room where you sleep (which has chalkboards and pushpin surfaces etc.). Because of fire risks, we currently cannot have portable kilns, blowtorches, or other flame-required art-making processes onsite.

Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of visual artists. Your work is presented anonymously 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, shows, gallery presence or other public 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 process and/or what life experiences and influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as an artist. Be yourself. The jurors 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, shows, or identifying or biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.


Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to five images of your art in JPEG, GIF, or TIFF form. Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample files. (If your name is Jane Doe, don't upload janedoe.jpeg -- change that file name to something without your name embedded in it.)


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 a 2nd 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 or 3rd choices. If all choices are equally fine for you, tick off that box.


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









The Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Fellowships fund one-week fellowships for poets, writers, and visual artists who are parents of children under 18 at the time of residency. This fellowship includes room and board, a visiting author reading and craft chat, an optional residents' reading, and lots of love. The one-week residency period will be held during fall 2020 -- September 11-19, 2020.

About the Sustainable Arts Foundation: The San Francisco-based Sustainable Arts Foundation supports individual artists as well as artists residencies in helping creative people of parenting age sustain their work practice amid the busy child-rearing years. With help from the foundation, Mineral School has designed a shorter-format residency that affords parents a long enough window to make meaningful progress on their work but that is short enough for partners or caretakers to handle childcare responsibilities in the artist's absence.

Selection: Your work will be anonymously evaluated by a panel of established writers or visual artists, depending on genre. Jurors will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample and boldness of your voice or expression. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample or the title of the documents for those samples (eg, if your name is Jane Doe, don't titled your document "JaneDoe.doc").


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 jurors want to get a sense of you as an artist and your 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:
Writers will create a work sample of up to 10,000 words (prose) or 20 pages (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 prologue, this is a memoir excerpt, etc.).  Visual artists upload up to five work samples in  JPEG, GIF, or TIFF form. Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages or the title of your file (I.e. if your name is Flannery O'Connor or Pablo Picasso, don't title your file FlanneryOConnor.doc or PabloPicasso.jpeg). 

Residency Dates
September 11 (Saturday) - September 19, 2020 (Sunday)

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









Mineral School 2020 Residencies