2020 Ike's Canyon Ranch

Writing Residencies


We have adjusted our 2020 Residency Schedule due to Covid 19

We will only host Solo Retreats until August, 2020

The August residency:


August 9 - 30


Where and What?


As you can see by checking out any satellite night view of North America,  Ike's Canyon Ranch is set in one of the least populated, most remote and wild areas in the contiguous 48 states. It's about 30 miles of dirt road off Nevada state Highway 50, also known as the Loneliest Road in America. Here the noise of the outside world goes quiet, replaced by gentle wind, bird call and the sound of your own thoughts. Still, not everyone wants to come try life in the high plains desert.


The Ike's Canyon residencies are intended for those who do.


The residency is designed to give writers a few weeks of true silence and concentration to dig deeply into their work. Residents will find both solitude and community with a small cohort of other writers sharing the residency.

Your time will be your own here. We cater to the writers' need for quiet and focus. 

what to expect


A Day in the life of a writer

@ Ike's

by Rebecca Starks


A Vacation, my writing

& me

by Lenore Myka


This is a remote and wild place, and it's important that you understand what to expect before you apply.  Please read all about Ike's  carefully, contact us  with any questions or concerns.



There is no cost to apply.


Application steps:

email to: ikescanyon@gmail.com with the dates you'd like to come, the to  hold your slot:




Full payment is due 30 days before the start of your residency.


Bunk and Grub

Sleeping accommodations: There are two Private bedrooms in the main house allocated on a first come first served basis. If the Residency is full, two writers will share the 1870's stage stop cabin, which is just feet from the main house. 


Bathrooms are shared.


All Residents will have private writing space.


Food:  All residents will bring their own food to be cooked on your own schedule in our fully Equipped kitchen. We often sit down to meals with guests here, "family style". We encourage all to take part in group preparation of meals, if that appeals. 



$1,500 for two-week residencies

$2,100 for three-week residencies


If you need transportation to ike's we will pick you up and drop you off in Reno for $150 each direction. Please let us know well ahead of time if you want a ride.

30% AWP discount of all Ike's residencies, solo stays,   and workshops

until March 15, 2020

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Get your book done

if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us.

Payment Policy

​The full cost of the residency is due 30 days Prior to the start date of the residency and is non-refundable 30 prior to the start date. If you need to cancel before 30 days of the start date of the residency, you will get a full refund minus the deposit.

We accept payment by  PayPal,  major credit cards and personal checks.

We value our privacy and we will value yours. Your information will be kept private.