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Leigh Newman working in Mary Jane cabin
Interior detail in Bea cabin
View of bath house and Margaret cabin
West Creek with Coastal Mountains as backdrop
Bea cabin and its signature curved beams

Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat

Alderworks Alaska has three restored homestead cabins available for summer residencies for qualified writers, visual artists or acoustic musicians. Two residency periods are offered each summer for four to six weeks:
• Early Summer approximately May 15 to June 30
• Late Summer approximately July 15 to September 5
Alderworks is best suited for persons who have a degree of self-sufficiency in a rural setting and are seeking a beautiful place to create or improve their work on their own. Our vision and cabin descriptions are explained in great detail on our website.


Skagway, Alaska: United States

Alderworks is located on the edge of the wilderness on five acres along beautiful West Creek in Dyea, a nine mile drive from Skagway, Alaska at the far end of the fjord Lynn Canal-Taiya Inlet in northern Southeast Alaska


  • Residency Length: 4-6 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: up to 6 or 7
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 20 in 2016, more expected 2017


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artist/writer partners allowed only in the larger cabin. See residency guidelines at

  • Application deadline: February 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Open November 15 to February 15 for following summer's residencies. Submittable button active during that period at

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Mollie Hosmer-Dillard (Midwest/NYC painter, July-Aug. 2016), Liesl Ravenscroft (South African writer/illustrator, July-Aug. 2016), Kathryn Kain (San Francisco artist, July-Aug. 2016), Jenny Muller (Missouri poet, June 2016) , Crystal Cudworth (Wisconsin painter, May-June 2016), Penelope Moffet (Los Angeles poet, May 2016), Amanda Waldroupe (Portland, Ore. writer, May-June 2016), Patti Flather (Yukon playwright/writer, spring 2016), Leigh Newman (NY/Alaska writer/editor Aug 2015 & 2016), Michael and Kathy Gates (Yukon historians/writers, Sept. 2014).
“It’s been such an honor and a delight to spend a month in Dyea. I haven’t done a ton of residencies, but this one’s taken the cake! Every element of what you have set up here is perfect for an artist’s retreat – the landscape is so breathtaking, the cabins have been built with such love and care, and the two of you and your family are so warm, kind and fun.”
— Mollie Hosmer-Dillard, 2016 resident
"The idea is simple enough: give writers and artists a quiet, beautiful spot to create or enhance their works, and wonderful things will happen."
— Jeff Brady

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Mary Jane cabin - full bath facilities; Bea and Margaret cabins - shared bath house nearby
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents are responsible for buying their own food and preparing their own meals. Each cabin has a fridge and stove. Owners will invite residents to common BBQ at their cabin on property next door every week or so.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    There is a common bath house for two of the three cabins, gardens, trails outside the fence to the creek and other parts of Dyea valley
  • Additional studio information: 
    We have a small workshop with minimal tools that can be used by a wood worker or for a medium like print making or some jewelry work. Cabins better suited for writing, painting, acoustic music composition, and low impact arts

Residency Fees

$400 to $700 for a minimum of four weeks, rate depends on cabin selection

Stipends / other support

None but writers selected for the first summer period may attend the North Words Writers Symposium in late May at a reduced fee

Additional expectations / opportunities

Some sort of community project: reading, show or workshop

Contact Information

1 West Creek Road
PO Box 998
Skagway, Alaska 99840-0998
United States