Erika Krouse

Official website for Erika Krouse, author of Contenders and Come Up and See Me Sometime.

Free Residencies and Retreats for Writers

When Wanderlust Meets Poverty


This is a list of 263 free or nearly-free domestic and international programs designed to give you the space and time to write. Denali? Kyoto? Rhodes? Yes, please!

Some of these programs only host writers, and some host artists of varying disciplines, including writers. Some programs cost money but offer free fellowships. And some of this is just plain wrong. This list is in alphabetical order, with no links nor data, and I’m not 100% sure all these places exist outside my imagination. They’re usually available on a competitive application basis (so don’t just show up).

If you catch any errors, please do me a favor and let me know. Please also feel free to contact me if you have other free or nearly-free retreats/residencies to add to this list. Enjoy, and happy hunting!

The List:

A Studio In The Woods

ABA / Artist in Residence Berlin Alexanderplatz

acquasumARTE—La casa di Amleto


Akademie Schloss Solitude

Akiyoshidai International Art Village: Artist in Residence Programs (AIR)


Alte Schule Hohenstein Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur e.V.

Altos De Chavon

American Academy of Berlin

American Library in Paris

Anderson Center Residency Program

Andrews Forest Writers' Residency

Anne LaBastille Memorial Writer Residency

Annmarie Garden, Sculpture Park & Arts Center

Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, National Science Foundation

Apartment in Istanbul

Arctic Culture Lab Research Program

ARNA i Fågelriket

Art Farm Writers Residency Program



Artist in Residence Bergen at USF Verftet

Artists in Berlin

Artsmith Artist Residency

Association des Centres Culturels de Rencontre - ACCR — Odyssée artist-in-residency programme

At Sea

Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden

Banff Investigative Journalism Intensive

BAU at Camargo Foundation Summer Arts Residency

Bellagio Study & Conference Center

Berlin Prize

Bibliothek Andreas Züst: Studio Residency Stipend Bibliothek Andreas Züst

Blackacre Residency

Blitz Residency

Blue Mountain Center

Bogliasco/Liguria Study Center

Bread Loaf Fellowship

Bridge Guard Residential Art - Science Centre

Brown Foundation Fellows Residency Program


Brush Creek Foundation for The Arts

CACIS - Forn de la calç

Caldera Arts Center

Camac: Centre D'Art—Marnay Art Centre

Can Serrat International Art Centre

Caribou Ranch

Casa Arte: Artists run space & gallery

Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers

Centre D'Art I Natura

Centre international de poésie Marseille: cipM

Chateau de La Napoule

Chateau deLavigny

Cill Rialaig Project

Collaborative Retreat at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek

Cove Park Literature Residencies

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology: Hill House Artist Residencies

Cullman Center NY Library Fellowship


Denali National Park Artist-in-Residence Program

Dickinson House

Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Dolgian House Artists' Colony


Eckerö Post and Customs house guest apartment

Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program

Edward F. Albee Foundation

Embassy of Foreign Artists

Escape to Create




Fine Arts Work Center

Fogo Island Arts Corporation

Fondation Jan Michalski pour l'écriture et la littérature

Fondazzjoni Kreattività

Fort Union National Monument Artist-in-Residence

FpA Fondazione per l'Arte

Fundacio Tallers Josep Llorens Artigas

Fundacion Valparaiso

Gartenhaus am Süderwall

Gedok Atelierhaus

Gell Writers Center of the Finger Lakes

Gemeinschaften der Künstlerinnen und Kunstförderer

George Washington University Arts Fellowship

Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts

Gladstone Library Writers in Residence

Glasslåven Arts Centre

Grand Lake Writers Retreat (not free but really inexpensive)


Hald Hovedgaard: The Danish Centre for Writers and Translators

Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences

Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Hawthornden Castle

Headland Center for the Arts

Heart of Glass: Make It Happen Residency

heARTbreaker: AiC Česká Bříza


Helene Wurlitzer Foundation

Hodder Fellowships & Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts (FCPA)

Hordaland Art Centre

Hosking Houses Trust

Hugo House Writers in Residence

Hypatia in the woods: Holly House

I-Park Foundation Artists-in-Residence Program

IHAG - International Writers' House Graz

Incheon Art Platform

InSideZone Residency

Institut für Alles Mögliche

Instituto Sacatar

International Art Space (spaced)

International Center of Art and Landscape at Vassivière Island: Centre international d'art et du paysage

International Writers' & Translators' Centre of Rhodes

Ionion Centre for the Arts and Culture

James Merrill Writer-in-Residence Program

James Thurber House

Jenny McKean Moore Writers Prog.

Jentel Artist Residency Program

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency

Joshua Tree National Park Artist-In-Residence

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Center

Kattilakoski culture cooperative: Artist Residence Frosterus

Kerouac Writer in Residence Project

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Kio-A-Thau Sugar Refinery Village Artist in Residence


Krakow UNESCO City of Literature

Künstlerdorf Schöppingen

Künstlerhaus Lauenburg-am-Elbe

Künstlerhäuser Worpswede

Künstlerhof Schreyahn: Niedersächsische Stipendiatenstätte Künstlerhof Schreyahn

Kyoto Art Center

La Napoule Art Foundation: Clews Center for the Arts (CCA)

Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence Program

Le CouveNt

Lighthouse Works Fellowship

Lijiang Studio

LitSpace Writer’s Residency

Logan Nonfiction Program—Carey Institute for Global Good

Longleaf Fellowship

M Literary Residency–China

M Literary Residency–India


Maison des auteurs: Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l´image

Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et des Traducteurs: M.E.E.T.

Maisons Daura: Maison des arts Georges Pompidou

Marble House Project

Marko Marulić: Writers and Translators in Residence

Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency

Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship

Mesa Refuge

Millay Colony for the Arts

Monodendri Writer's Residence

National Parks check website

New Orleans Writers Residency

New York Mills Arts Retreat

New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellowships

Nilufer Municipality Libraries: Göl Yazıevi Writers' Residence

Norman Mailer Writers Colony

Norton Island


Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus

Ox-Bow Artist-in-Residence Program

Passa Porta: Internationaal literatuurhuis

PEN NW Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing


Pour Que l'Esprit Vive - Abbaye de la Prée

Rabbit Island


Residencia Corazón Casa de Artistas

Residencia de Estudiantes: An emblematic campus for artists

Residencies for Writers in Amsterdam

Residency at Sanskriti Kendra

Richard J. Margolis Award

Richard Thornton

Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence Program

Rucka Artist Residency

Saari Residence

Schloss Leuk: Spycher: Literaturpreis Leuk

Schloss Plüschow

Scholars & Writers

Schrijver in huis: Writer in Residence-programma

Scotland Writing Residency (via Baltic Writing Residency)

Seoul Art Space_Yeonhui

Sewanee Fellowship

Shakespeare & Company Tumbleweeds

Siena Art Institute

Sierra Centro de Arte: Art in the nature

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

Slovene writers' association: Društvo Slovenskih Pisateljev (DSP)

Soaring Gardens Artists’ Retreat

Soltauer Künstlerwohnung

Soul Mountain Retreat

SPACE on Ryder Farm

Spiro Arts

Stadtmühle Willisau

Stepping Stones in the Atlantic

Stiftung Starke: Starke Foundation

Stiwdio Maelor: Artist / Writer in residence program

STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

Studios of Key West

Summer Lit Seminars

Sustainable Bolivia

Swatch Art Peace Hotel Guest Artist Program

Taipei Artist's Village

TAIR (Tiny Artist-In-Residence)

Tartu Artist in Residence: TAiR

Tasmanian Writers' Centre

The Jersey Arts Trust—the morning boat

The Kamov Residency Programme

The Lock-up Cultural Centre: Artist in Residence Program

The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

The Watermill Center

The Well Artists Residency Retreat

Tin House Conference Fellowship

Tomma Rum Empty spaces

Toronto Artscape Inc.

Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art

Trap\door Artist Run Centre


Ultra Laboratory

Unlisted Projects

Upernavik Retreat

US/Japan Creative Artists (NEA)

Van Abbemuseum: Artistic Strategies in Psychiatry

Van Eyck Academie

Ventspils House

Verein Werkraum Warteck PP

Villa Aurora

Villa Concordia

Villa Marguerite Yourcenar: Centre Départemental de Résidence d’Ecrivains Européens

Villa Ruffieux: Chateau Mercier

Villa Sarkia

Villa Sträuli

Villa Waldberta: Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Visegrad Artist Residency Programs (VARP): The Visegrad Literary Residency Program

Voices of the Wilderness Residency

w-o-l-k-e Residency

Waves of Three Seas

Wellspring House Fellowship

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods Fellowship

Wesleyan Writers Conference fellowship

Wildacres Residency Program

Willapa Bay AiR

Willard R. Espy Foundation

Wrangell Mountains Center Meg Hunt Residency Program

Writer In Residence Program at Saskatoon Public Library

Writers in the Heartland

Writers Omi International Residency at Ledig House

Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow

Writing Between the Vines


Zalozba Goga: Publishing House Goga

Zaratan - Arte Contemporânea: Zaratan AIR

Zion National Park Artist-in-Residence Program

Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr

Zvona i Nari: Literary Retreat



Last updated: April 2019. Will be updated every year or so.