The Andrews Forest Writing Residency at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest is part of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program. The mission of this program, set to span 200 years (2003 to 2203), 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.
For the Andrews Forest Residencies, writers are provided:
- 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. This residency is unique in that it is deeply rooted in place. While visiting writers have the freedom to engage with their own projects, we also ask them to engage with and write about the Andrews Forest during their visit. We 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 observations 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 post or 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.
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 Andrews.
Information 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.
The fall 2019 residency window begins on October 1 and ends on November 30. When you apply for a residency, please identify up to three blocks of time (7 to 14 days each) in that window that will work with your schedule. Each block of time needs to start on a weekday, not the weekend. Application deadline for the fall 2019 residency is May 1, 2019.
Selection and Notification
Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee. Applicants can expect to be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline. To apply, you'll submit the following:
- Statement of interest: one page describing your work and your interest in this place and this program. Explain how your work fits with the mission of Long-Term Ecological Reflections.
- A work sample: about 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of prose, or other documentation.
- Vita, including a list of published work.
The Andrews Forest Writing Residencies are managed by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. For more information about the location of this residency, visit the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest website.