Mineral School

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Mineral School is an artists residency located in a former 1947 elementary school near Mt. Rainier, in Mineral, Washington. During summer 2016, we're offering four two-week residency periods to 15 writers of poetry and prose and one visual artist, 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.

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 visual artist resident will be offered space to work outside of his or her classroom. The main school building has bathrooms with showers. Residents will be served all meals and snacks daily, and they will have the opportunity to share work with the public. Mineral features a swimmable fishing lake with boat rentals, a tavern, a bed and breakfast, a general store, two churches, a post office, and more deer than people. It's a 20-minute drive to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Visiting authors: During each residency, resident alumnae will visit and present work and bring with them special guest writers they've chosen to introduce to Mineral. Confirmed returning alumnae include poets Jane Wong and Michelle Penaloza (June), fiction writer Kirsten Lunstrum and Deepa Bhandaru (July), young adult authors Stephanie Kuehnert and Carly Anne West (August), and nonfiction nature writer Wendy Call (September). 

We are accepting applications from December 15, 2015, through February 15, 2016, (Midnight, EST) for the 2016 summer residencies. Notification will be given at least two months before the residency period for which you've applied. 

Residency sessions are held each month from June through September, each lasting two weeks. 

Residency periods for 2016:

June 12-June 26

July 17-July 31

August 14-August 28

September 11-September 25


We're pleased to offer 5 funded residencies in 2016.   

June Dodge Writing Fellows attend 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. Fellowships are open to writers from the Pacific Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA) and Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon). One fellowship will be awarded per residency period.

The Erin Donovan Writing Fellowship is open to an emerging woman writer of poetry or prose living in Washington or Oregon, who is at least 40 years old, and whose writing expresses both wit and compassion. This fellowship covers the residency fee (room and board, guest presenters, options to present) for August 2016 and includes a travel stipend of up to $175. This fellowship is funded by the friends of Erin Donovan, an Oregon writer and teacher who passed away in 2015. 


We're pleased to offer 11 nominally-priced residencies in 2016.

Writing residencies for poets or prose writers cost $400 and include room, board, presentations by guest writers, opportunities for public presentation, and lots of love. Travel is not included; travel from points between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, to Mineral may be arranged for a small fee ($20-30/each way). 

The Southwestern Washington Visual Artist Residency is for a visual artist whose work is produced, sold, or shown in Lewis County (WA). The $400 residency fee includes room, board, presentations by guest writers, opportunities for public presentation, and lots of love. Visual artists bring their own materials and may use as studio space the school's grounds, covered patio, the gym stage, or plein air sites of their choice. Travel is not included; travel from points between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, to Mineral may be arranged for a small fee ($20-30/each way).