OSU's Spring Creek Project offers two residency programs. The Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch Cabin is a two-week residency in the Oregon Coast Range. The Andrews Forest Writers' Residency is a one-week writers' retreat in the Cascade Range.
Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch Cabin
The Collaborative Retreat at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a two-week-long retreat for two participants who wish to pursue a collaborative project, or two participants who each have individual projects and who anticipate a synergistic benefit from each other's presence. At least one of the applicants must be a writer who takes inspiration from the natural world. The second applicant may also be a writer, or he or she may work in any other field (e.g. science, philosophy, music, art, crafts, etc.).
Next application deadline: December 31, 2007 for Spring 2008 residencies
Andrews Forest Writers' Residencies
Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for one-week residencies at the H.J.Andrews Experimental Forest.
The mission of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program is to bring together writers, humanists and scientists to create a living, growing record of how we understand the forest and the relation of people to the forest, as that understanding and that forest both change over time.
For the Andrews Forest Residencies, writers are provided:
- a comfortable, three room apartment at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
- access to a majestic ancient forest and world-renowned research site
- opportunities to interact with research scientists as they go about their work
- opportunities to have their writings included in The Forest Log
The residencies are intended to provide concentrated time for personal creative work that promises to further the exploration of the relationship of humans to the rest of the natural world.
While we want writers to have complete freedom to pursue their own work during the residency, we also ask that each resident writer:
- visits at some point during the residency, each of three designated “Reflections Plots,” places of significant natural and research interest, and write some observatios and reflections about those places.
- gives permission to publish some of the writing from the residency in the Forest Log, a web-based anthology of notes, observations, poems, vignettes, essays, or insights, both working documents and “finished” pieces, that will over time constitute a multi-dimensional portrait of the Andrews. (We encourage residents to publish in any journal or other outlet they see fit. We only ask to have the rights to reprint anything you publish elsewhere about the Andrews).
- writes a brief letter reflecting on the residency, offering suggestions on what we can do in the future to make these residencies as conducive as possible to the goal of encouraging Long-Term Ecological Reflections.
- participates in a literary reading and/or conversation in Corvallis at the close of the residency.
Writers provide their own transportation and take care of their meals while at the Andrews. The apartment's kitchen is well equipped with cookware and dishes. A computer lab in the headquarters building can be used to access the Internet. Residents should bring a laptop if they so desire. A telephone is available in the headquarters building. Residents should have a calling card or pre-paid phone card if they wish to place long-distance calls. Cell phones generally do not work at the Andrews.
Download the Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch application.