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Mineral School

Emerging Program member

Mineral School is a 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 or prose and to 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 and 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 and DIY laundry facilities. Residents will be served three 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 two-week residency, resident alumnae will visit and present work and bring with them special guest writers they have chosen to accompany them. During our one-week Sustainable Arts Foundation parent residencies, memoirist Claire Dederer (Poser) and Neal Thompson (A Curious Man) will present from their work and also discuss with residents how to navigate the parenting years while practicing art.

Residency deadlines
We are accepting applications from December 15, 2016, through February 15, 2017, (Midnight, EST) for the 2017 summer residencies. Notification will be given at least two months before the residency period for which you've applied.

Two-week residency dates for 2017

June 11-June 25

July 16-July 30

August 13-August 27

One-week Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Residencies dates for 2017

September 16-September 24

September 30-October 8


We're pleased to offer 4 funded two-week 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) whose work is informed by travel, adventure, or nature. Three fellowships will be awarded in 2017.

The Erin Donovan Writing Fellowship is open to an emerging woman writer of poetry or prose living in Washington, Oregon, New York, or Massachusetts 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 2017 and includes a travel stipend (up to $175 for WA or OR residents, up to $400 for MA/NY residents). This fellowship is funded by the friends of Erin Donovan, an Oregon writer and teacher who passed away in 2015. Note early deadline: February 6, 2017.


We're pleased to debut eight funded one-week residencies for parents in 2017, thanks to support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. These residencies include room, board, visiting author readings and craft chat/pep talks, and lots of love. For parents, rather than invite children to come to residency, we have shaped a shorter-form residency that would be easier for a parent to attend. One week ought to provide sufficient time to make meaningful progress but not so much time that it creates excessive domestic disruption. These one-week residencies begin with dinner on a Saturday evening and end after brunch on a Sunday.

Visiting Northwest authors include Claire Dederer (September 20-21), the author of Poser and of a forthcoming memoir, and Neal Thompson (October 5-6), author of A Curious Man and a forthcoming memoir, will present readings and also discuss with residents how they navigated their parenting years as working authors.


We're pleased to offer 8 nominally-priced residencies in 2017.

Writing residencies for poets or prose (fiction, nonfiction) writers cost $425 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 Washington Visual Artist Residency is for a visual artist whose work is produced, shown, or sold within Washington state. The $425 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).


Mineral, Washington: United States

Rural, in a mountain lake town that's a few minutes' drive to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Contact Information

Mineral School
PO Box 214
Mineral, Washington 98355
United States