2019 Ike's Canyon Residencies for Writers and Poets
June 16 - 29
July 7 – 20
September 1 - 21
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.
All 2019, residents will work independently but will have the option of weekly conferences with the resident writer, Robin McLean, to discuss their work. In July and September, residents will also get to work with acclaimed visiting writers Rebecca Starks (july) and Lenore Myka (September), who will be joining our community then.
There is no cost to apply.
A writing sample (10 pages or less for prose writers, 5 pages for poets.)
A short statement (Less than 200 words) on why an Ike's Canyon Residency will be beneficial to your work.
Contact information for three people who will recommend you.
Bunk and Grub
Sleeping accommodations: There are two bedrooms in the main house. These two bedrooms will be 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. More cabins are coming in 2020.
All Residents will have private writing space.
Food: The nearest restaurant is 68 miles away. We do not have a license to cook food for you. We are (as we learned from some Brits) what they call in Europe, "Kitchen available." If you have never heard of this, we apologize for the unconventionality. It's just part of the middle of nowhere thing. The good news is that you know you will be eating food you like. prepare it on your own schedule.
We will "go to town" for supplies at least once during your residency, so we can restock you. Our kitchen is fully equipped and fully stocked with staples (spices, oils, other basics, fresh eggs if the chickens are feeling up to it.) There is plenty of pantry, refrigerator and freezer space.
$1,850 for two-week residencies
$2,725 for three-week residencies
You will be notified of acceptance within a month of the date of your application. Once accepted, a $300 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your residency. The cost of the residency does not include transportation to the ranch. Please visit our transportation to Ike's page to decide the best way to get here.
if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us.
The full cost of the residency is due six weeks 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.
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