Ends on December 1, 2017

The Shotpouch Collaborative Retreat is a two-week 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.).   In your joint application, please tell us how you plan to collaborate or otherwise support each other's work during the retreat.

Spring Creek Project sponsors the Collaborative Writing Retreat, and we believe that the writing life is far richer than the myth of the solitary individual, struggling alone to put words on paper, would suggest. The Collaborative Retreat recognizes that writers are part of a dynamic system of writers, readers and wider communities.  Unusual energy and inspiration can emerge when people from different backgrounds work together in a place of natural quiet and beauty.

Each participant will receive a stipend of $250.

The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek

The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a lovely and comfortable two-bedroom cabin nestled in the Oregon Coast Range on a 40-acre nature reserve about 25 miles west of Corvallis.  The house overlooks Shotpouch Creek, a tributary of the Marys River.  From the cabin, miles of hiking trails climb into the forest- and fern-covered hills.  Inside the cabin is a spacious living/meeting/writing area.  A wall of windows looks out onto the creek and meadow.  The cabin has a well-equipped kitchen, electric heat and a telephone. There is no cell phone service or internet at the cabin. You will need to bring your own computer, if you desire.

The Spring Creek Project  

The challenge of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relation to the natural world.  We are dedicated to creating conversations among creative writers, philosophers, and environmental scientists, both in and out of the academy.  We wish to nurture collaborations among people with various ways of seeing, understanding, and expressing the relation between humans and the rest of the natural world. 

Application Deadlines

Collaborative Retreats are available in the fall and spring. 

  • Applications for the spring retreat are due in December 1, and participants will be selected and notified by January 1. There are two retreat dates available: February 24 - March 9, 2018 and March 11 - March 24, 2018. 
  • Applications for the fall retreat are due on May 15, and participants will be selected and notified by June 15. There are two retreat dates available: August 4 – 17, 2018 and August 19 – September 1, 2018. 

To Apply

There is no fee for applying. For each applicant, please prepare the following materials:

  1. One page from each applicant describing your work, telling us how you plan to use the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek, and how you plan to collaborate or otherwise support one another's projects. 
  2. A work sample.  We are looking for artists whose work is consistent with the mission of the Spring Creek Project.  Please submit recent written work, published on unpublished, about 8-10 pages of poetry or 10-15 pages of prose.  Artists or scholars in fields other than creative writing may submit photos or a written description of their work.
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