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. 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 up to a two-week
residency at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest.
For the Andrews Forest Residencies, writers are
- a comfortable 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
- an honorarium of $250
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
- Visits at some point during the
residency, each of three designated “Reflections Plots,” places of significant
natural and research interest, and write some observations and reflections
about those places.
- Gives permission to publish some of the writing from the residency in
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 brief closing conversation with a staff member at the
end of the residency.
Accommodations: 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. All
facilities have wireless Internet access. Residents should bring a laptop if
they so desire. A computer lab in the
headquarters building is also available for word processing or accessing the
Internet. A telephone is available in
the headquarters building; residents should bring a calling card or pre-paid
phone card if they wish to place long-distance calls. Cell phones generally do not work at the
on restaurants, grocery stores and other conveniences will be provided when
individuals are accepted for a residency.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. The staff of the Spring Creek Project will do
everything in our power to make each residency at the Andrews inspired,
productive, and rejuvenating.
Residency Schedule: The spring residency begins on March 1 and ends on May 31. The fall residency begins on October 1 and ends on November 30. When you apply for a residency, please identify up to three blocks of time (7-14 days each) that will work with your schedule.
Notification of Writers-in-Residence: Applications are reviewed by a
Selection Committee. Applicants can expect to be notified of the Selection
Committee’s decision approximately four weeks after the application deadline.
- One page describing your work and how you plan to use the retreat.
Explain how your work fits with the mission of Long-Term Ecological
- A work sample: about ten pages of poetry or fifteen of prose, or other
- Vita, including list of published work.
The Andrews Forest Writers' Residencies are managed by the Spring Creek Project for ideas, nature, and the written word
. For more information
about the Andrews Experimental Forest, please visit the Andrews Long-Term Ecological Reflections