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Every year, we partner with Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) to sponsor a week-long writing retreat. Residents work on creative writing endeavors undisturbed by the outside world while enjoying the beauty of the PNW coast. A reception and reading of the resident’s work are open to the public and scheduled at the AVA Gallery.

The residency provides writing time and space in an idyllic setting to make substantial progress on a significant writing project.  Writers of novels, short stories, nonfiction, plays, memoir, poetry, screenplays, and hybrid manuscripts will be considered.  


The week of the residency will be determined by the program hosts and chosen writer. Lodging and a $250 stipend are provided.  A reception and public reading will be held at the end of the residency at the AVA gallery in Astoria.


Our 2023 winner has been announced. We are not yet taking applications for 2024.


Applications consist of (1) a one-page cover letter describing your experience and interests as a writer, your connection with the Pacific Northwest, and what you hope to accomplish during your residency; (2) a one-page description of your writing project, its scope, and current state; (3) a 5-page writing sample; and (4) a resume or CV, including any publications if applicable. 


Send complete applications to  A suggested donation of $10 per applicant can be made via


Writers of novels, short stories, literary nonfiction, plays, memoirs, poetry, and screenplays who are from the Pacific Northwest and over the age of 18 are eligible and encouraged to apply!



Jennifer D. Munro


Sarah Buckmaster

Deborah Williams


Cecelia Hagen

Andrew Zingg

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