Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, The

Elmira, Oregon, United States



TUITION / COST:Resident performs one hour a day of routine caretaking and receives a stipend of $5,000
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: John Daniel
PHONE: none

A seven-month residency, for any kind of writer at any stage of career, in a remote but comfortable cabin in the Rogue River backcountry of southwestern Oregon. Caretaking duties required. $5,000 stipend. See website for complete information.

The Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency is a unique opportunity for a writer, with or without family, or pair of writers seeking a lengthy spell of unparalleled solitude for creative work and personal refreshment. In exchange for an hour a day of routine caretaking of the property, the resident(s) receives use of a remote, simple, but comfortable house in the Rogue River backcountry of southwestern Oregon and the support of a $5,000 stipend. The residency extends from April through the end of October, or longer, entrance and exit dates varying with weather conditions. The program is administered by PEN Northwest, a branch of PEN American Center, in cooperation with Frank and Bradley Boyden, program founders and owners of the property. Spouse and children may accompany the resident. Writers in any genre are welcome to apply. Extensive publication is not essential; residents are selected on the basis of writing accomplishment or promise, as evidenced in a writing sample, and suitability to the remote living situation. Writers considering this residency should honestly assess their appetite and tolerance for authentic backcountry solitude.

Applications for the 2016 residency accepted January 1, 2014 through March 1, 2014. See website or email for full residency description and application procedure.


Featured Writers Include:

Yourself, silence, and the river.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature


Chair, PEN Northwest
23030 W. Sheffler Road
Oregon, United States

The Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency