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The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow

The muse is at home in this beautiful, historic Ozark Mountain town. In this setting, The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow offers residencies to experienced and emerging writers in all genres, along with fiber and visual artists and composers/songwriters. We are the only Colony in North America with a suite dedicated to culinary professionals working on cookbooks, with a kitchen designed and furnished by Traditional Home magazine and KitchenAid. All 8 suites have a bedroom, writing room and private bath with views of the woods surrounding the Colony, along with 2 kitchens equipped and stocked with food. Our chef prepares wonderful dinners with local, fresh ingredients five nights a week and takes a special delight in spoiling residents.


Eureka Springs, Arkansas: United States

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow is located in the Ozark Mountain city of Eureka Springs, the entirety of which is on the National Historic Register. Though within the city limits, the Colony is nestled in a private wooded hollow, adjacent to a park and near wooded walking and biking paths, a few miles from Beaver Lake and the White River.


  • Residency Length: One week to three months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 40
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 60


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Emerging and experienced writers of all genres (including scholarship), as well as songwriters, are encouraged to apply. We also welcome groups of writers, academics or other professionals who need time and space to work both privately and together.

  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    No deadline for the general residency program. Fellowship deadlines vary.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Linda Mannheim, Pat Schneider, Rosemary Daniell, Rhoda Stamell, Kathryn Watterson, John T. Edge, Terri Wuerthner, Laura Parker, Agymah Kamau, Sam Pickering
This is my third August at Dairy Hollow, and once again the magic of being here is pervading my spirit, indeed my very pores, allowing my creativity to surface in a way that is difficult in any other circumstance. I could add all the usual stuff about the uniqueness, the quirkiness, how wonderful the staff and environment are, and how hard they work to create this opportunity for us. And all that is true, but the most important thing is the chance to do one’s work unimpeded.
WCDH, at home in a town where over three hundred writers, artists, and musicians live and work, nurtures, nudges, and fosters the creative spirit. The natural world and the inner world weave an atmosphere of exploration, spurring the discovery, deepening, and full expression of a writer’s individual voice.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Each resident has a private suite with writing space, private bath, wireless and/or cable hook up, uninterrupted writing time, dinner prepared five nights a week and served in our community dining room, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a fully stocked community kitchen for breakfast and lunch.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Dinner is prepared five nights per week; vegetarian meals available; a stocked kitchen is available for residents to prepare their own breakfast and lunch.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Other facilities and services: Common room or meeting space for residents’ use; laundry facilities on-site; public transportation (trolley system) available. Smoking permitted outdoors only.

Residency Fees

Application fee - $35; residency fee - $75/day minimum donation; deposit - $100; travel and materials. (Fellowship recipients are exempt from the residency fee; see below.)

Stipends / other support

Artists applying for and receiving a specific fellowship are granted a free residency, including room and board at WCDH. Travel is the responsibility of the Fellow. Deadlines vary depending on Fellowship. Go to for fellowships available.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Fellowship recipients are asked to donate their time (usually half a day) to one outreach or in-house event for every two weeks of free stay. Off-campus outreach focuses on taking resident writers into underserved communities and schools in the region. On campus outreach may include a presentation in support of this or another fellowship. Staff actively assists in organizing public events. Books by WCDH resident writers are always welcome as a donation.

Contact Information

515 Spring Street
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
United States