Regional Writing Residencies & Retreats

There are several writer’s residencies and retreats in the DMV area. The Writer’s Center has collected a few and listed them here.

Please note that this page is a reference for writers. We do not partner with the following organizations. Also, these opportunities are subject to change, so be sure to visit the websites for more information.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

What it is: The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts offers residencies to artists of all kinds, including poets, nonfiction writers, fiction writers, playwrights, screenwriters, filmmakers, painters, drawers, sculptors, photographers, installation artists, musicians, and more. They have residency programs at Mt. San Angelo in Virginia, which is “nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,” and at Moulin à Nef, in Auvillar, France, “a lovely village on the Garonne River.”

Who’s it for: Artists of all perspectives and levels are eligible, including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. However, “projects that involve pure academic scholarship are not accepted.”

The Writer’s Center says: Judging from photographs of Auvillar, Moulin à Nef seems like an especially dreamy locale for writing.

The Inner Loop Writing Series, Writer-In-Residence Program

What it is: In collaboration with Woodlawn and Arcadia, The Inner Loop selects residents for its summer program by seeking writers working in our region who have an established commitment to using writing as a means to build community, to bring awareness to critical social and environmental issues, and as a creative force of empowerment.

Who’s it for: Open to all creative writers in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

The Writer’s Center says: This is an exciting way to connect (and possibly collaborate!) with other creative writers in the region.

The Porches Writing Retreat

What it is: The Porches Writing Retreat welcomes writers and artists to a historic farmhouse built in 1854, on the James River in the Virginia countryside.

Who’s it for: Writers and artists.

The Writer’s Center says: This is an idyllic location for a retreat, with spacious porches, wooded river bluffs and pastures, and fruit trees.

PEN/Faulkner Writers in Residence

What it is: Writers-in-residence develop a meaningful relationship with a DC classroom, building their capacity as teaching artists and earning support for their work as artists.

Who’s it for: DC area writers.

The Writer’s Center says: This is an opportunity for an established writer to connect with young writers on themes of social justice.