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Mineral School in autumn
A bigger dinner with special guests.
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Dancer, with log truck rumbling by...
Mineral Market and Mineral Lake

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 2018, we're offering three two-week residency periods and one one-week residency period to 12 writers of poetry or prose and to four visual artists, 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 25-minute drive to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Visiting authors and artists
During each residency, resident alumni will visit and present work and bring with them special guest writers or artists they have chosen to accompany them.

Residency deadlines
We are accepting applications from December 15, 2017, through February 15, 2018, (Midnight, EST) for the 2018 summer residencies. Notification will be given at least two months before the residency period for which you've applied.

Two-week residency dates for 2018

June 17-July 1

July 15-July 29

August 19-September 2

One-week Parent Residency dates for 2018

September 15-September 23


We're pleased to offer 6 funded residencies in 2018.

June Dodge Writing Fellows (4) 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 for two-week residency and one fellowship for a one-week residency will be awarded in 2018.

The Erin Donovan Writing Fellowship (1) 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.

The Mona Lisa Roberts Visual Artist Fellowship (1) is open to a visual artist (graphic novelist/comics artist, painter, photographer, fabric artist, paper artist, etc.) who self-identifies as LGBTQ and lives in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon). This fellowship funds a two-week residency any month and transit from Seattle, Portland, or points between along I-5. Depending on the medium and artist's preference, they can work in the studio room where they sleep, spread out in the gym, or improvise outdoors.


We're pleased to offer 10 nominally-priced residencies in 2018.

Writing and visual artist residencies for poets or prose (fiction, nonfiction) writers cost $425 (two-week session) or $250 (one-week parents' session) 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).


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