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The application deadline for Mineral School, one of Washington's most welcoming residency programs, is coming up fast. Get yours in before February 15 to be considered for their summer and fall sessions, with start dates ranging from May through September.

The Mineral School program has an unassuming perfection, gently but carefully curated to cultivate inspiration and focus and to make creative work a pleasure. Who attends? Some of our favorite people. Donna Miscolta wrote about her experience here; Clare Johnson drew Post-It notes about it. Gap Award-winner Putsata Reang attended to meet a publisher's deadline for her memoir. And so many more!

We're not saying you have to attend Mineral School to make amazing art, but it sure doesn't hurt. Read about fellowships below, then attend one of their upcoming events to learn more:

  • Sunday, January 20, 2-3 p.m.: Residencies Revealed at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch. Join Mineral School, other Pacific Northwest-based residencies, and artists for an informational panel hosted by Wendy Call about applying to and attending residencies. The library link is here: 
  • Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m.: The Short Story, co-presented by Mineral School and Hugo House. Join Mineral School and Hugo House as 2015 Mineral School alum Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum discusses the short story as a genre with multiple authors.

Apply for Mineral School residencies now

February 15 is the deadline for applications. Don't miss it!

2019 Mineral School fellowship opportunities

Want to attend, but not sure you can afford to? Mineral School has a wide range of fellowship opportunities to keep their program accessible to all.

Mona Lisa Roberts Visual Arts Fellowship
A two-week visual arts fellowship open to an artist 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.

Erin Donovan Writing Fellowship
This residency is open to an emerging woman writer of poetry or prose living in Massachusetts, New York, Washington, or Oregon, who is at least 40 years old, and whose writing expresses wit and compassion. This fellowship funds the residency fee for August 2018 and offers travel reimbursement upon proof of travel purchase or mileage, up to $175 (OR/WA) or $400 (NY/MA).

June Dodge Writing Fellowships
June Dodge Fellowships are open to poets or writers from the Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon) and whose work is inspired by adventure, travel, or the outdoors. Though named for a woman, men are welcome to apply! Three fellowships fund two-week residency any month. These fellowships include transit to Mineral from Portland, Seattle, or points between on I-5.

Rainier Independent Film Festival Screenwriting Fellowship
The RIFF Fellowship (May 2019) is open to screenwriters who identify as women of color and/or as LGBTQ and who have either completed one feature-length screen play or produced a short film. They will attend the screenwriters’ residency at no charge, receive travel help (from any point in or between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA), room and board, entry to the Rainier Independent Film Festival, and options to share work publicly.

Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Fellowships
The SAF Fellowships support four parent artists from anywhere in North America so they may attend our one-week parent-specific residency during September 2019. Any writer or visual artist currently raising a child 18 or under may apply. (Visual artists may want to check in before applying to discuss artistic medium and whether they can work effectively in our space.) Accepted artists attend for free and receive travel assistance from any point in or between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA (including from those cities’ airports, and Amtrak or Bolt bus stops in or between those cities), in addition to room and board, a visit by an artist presenter who has made it through the child-rearing years, and opportunities to share work with one another and the local community. Note: Parents do not bring children to this residency; this residency is shorter in length to make the logistics of leaving home easier for parents.