Monday, August 07, 2006

Sunday I went to an open house at Soapstone

Soapstone is a writing retreat for women near the Oregon coast, not far from Nehalem, Oregon. It was founded by Judith Barrington and Ruth Gundle about twenty years ago. Once a year they have an open house, and so I went to see what the place was like. Heaven. That's what it was like. A cabin on a river, in the middle of a forest. Royalties from Ursula Le Guin's book Steering the Craft help support the foundation for Soapstone.

from the website:
"Soapstone offers residencies to writers working on fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, memoir, essay—every kind of literary writing. Academic, scholarly, journalistic, or research-related writing does not qualify. Our focus is on what is generally understood to be "creative writing," a term of art that does not mean to imply that other writing lacks creativity...

We accept applications once each year, in the summer, for residencies the following calendar year. Applications must be postmarked no earlier than July 1 and no later than August 1. A committee made up of different writers each year reads the applications and selects residents."

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At 10:45 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I saw this link on your blog and was just blown away by how gorgeous that place looks. Too bad I missed the deadline this year.


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