Wildacres Retreat Wildacres Lodge

Wildacres Residency ProgramCabin near conference center

The Wildacres Residency Program began in 1999 and over the past seventeen years has hosted nearly 600 writers, artists, musicians and others. Participants stay in one of three comfortable cabins located 1/4 mile from the conference center. Past residents have found the setting conducive to their work and have had a great "Wildacres experience."

With the use of three cabins, the program will have about 70 one- and two-week residencies available from April through October. Sessions begin each Monday afternoon and conclude on Sunday or early Monday morning. The program allows individuals the solitude and inspiration needed to begin or continue work on a project in their particular field.

Cabin near conference centerResidents may eat in the dining room, which allows for interaction with other residents, guests, and staff. Or residents may prepare their own meals in the cabins.

There is no charge for the residency but there is a $20 application fee and participants are responsible for their own transportation to Wildacres. This is a working retreat, and we ask that no spouses, family or pets accompany the visiting resident.

You may apply using the application form below and submitting it online. Please let us know who you are and what you hope to accomplish while you are here. We do not ask for examples of your work but you are welcome to include a link to your website. We have assembled a small committee comprised of writers, scholars, artists, and former participants to select the residents.

The program is open to anyone, with a limit of two residencies in any four year period.

Residency cabinWe allow two people collaborating on a project to come together and stay in Azalea cabin, which has a loft to accommodate the second person. When applying, fill out one application stating the nature of your project and information about both participants. The Laurel cabin is fully ADA compliant.

In 2017, we will again include several two week residencies. Those people who wish to apply for a two week residency should fill out the application specifically for that program. Those that apply for two week residencies will not be considered for the one week program.

The 2017 application period for this year’s residencies has passed. We will begin taking applications for 2018 sometime this summer. We will notify this year’s residents in late February and begin the process of scheduling dates. Each resident will be asked to submit four dates that will work for them (between mid-April and the first week of November). Thanks to all who were interested in the Wildacres Residency Program.