Soapstone provides women writers with a stretch of uninterrupted time for their work and the opportunity to live in semi-solitude close to the natural world.
In addition to that rare but essential commodity for a writer—a quiet space away from jobs, children, and other responsibilities—Soapstone provides something less tangible but also invaluable: the validation and encouragement necessary to embark upon or sustain a long or difficult writing project.
Located in Oregon’s Coast Range, nine miles from the ocean, the retreat stands on twenty-two acres of densely forested land along the banks of Soapstone Creek and is home to much wildlife. The writers in residence enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about the natural world and join us in conscious stewardship of the land.
Soapstone is set up for two writers at a time, each with her own writing studio. From an applicant pool of 400 to 500, approximately thirty-five writers each year are awarded residencies of one to four weeks.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Soapstone - 1 JAN 2010 - Writing in the New Year
Happy new year, everyone!
For the next two weeks, I'll be blogging at you (occasionally, anyway) from Soapstone -- a beautiful and solitary place on the Oregon coast for women writers to have a chance to focus on their projects in progress. I have several plays underway (as usual), and am glad to welcome in the new year with time to devote to my writing.
May 2010 bring you joy and productions! See you in a few weeks.