What Writers Say
About Writing at Ike's
."..This was the first time I’d set aside time in my life just to write, without any other responsibilities (teaching, editing, family, friends, pets, household). My goal was to revise ten stories in a story collection during the two weeks I was there. I could sit for four-hour stretches or longer in the stone cabin without distractions, other than the sound of a donkey yanking up weeds outside the window. At some point each day I would go for a long run, trying to reach a destination that was always twice as far as it appeared. I began to feel the metaphors in how I moved in my surroundings: the way I kept turning and twisting in the canyon, looking for a vantage point, the view of the whole.... "(read more here)
— Rebecca Starks, poet, fiction writer, writing teacher, editor, & Ike's Canyon's first visiting writer in July 2019.
Author of Time Is Always Now from Able Muse Press.
Following Robin’s truck on the unpaved track to the ranch was a crazy, wild and seductive 35 miles of range dust, open desert bloom and huge sky that made me laugh – This exists? How can this exist! A goat and attentive dog greeted me at my car. Stretching into the desert air, I wanted to dance around a campfire and make wacky sounds to sun and moon. Then I saw my digs – a stone cottage – and I wanted to settle in and write. All things were possible.
Kara Lindstrom, film production designer, novelist, fiction writer, screen writer
"Robin and Jerry have created a sanctuary in Monitor Valley for writers eager to put themselves out there. I stayed at Ike’s Ranch for three weeks and it was one of my most precious experiences, and can’t wait to go back. Do yourself a favor and make the journey."
Nicolas Sampson, screen writer, fiction writer, blogger, Executive producter
"Staying at Ike’s Canyon Ranch to work on the second draft of my book was the best thing I could’ve done. The desert gave me the mental space I needed to work uninterrupted and still have time to explore the landscape. There’s an incredible feeling that comes with being in the midst of nature with no light or noise pollution. The sunsets touch your spirit and the night sky gives you a sense of infinity. Ike’s Canyon Ranch has all the modern conveniences yet is as far off the beaten path as you can get. For that reason it lends itself to deep creative work."
Lissa M. Cowan, writer and writing teacher, Toronto, Canada
"This is the most remote place I have ever visited. The scenery is incredible. The hosts, Jerry and Robin are wonderful. But the lack of television and "breaking news" is why this is the perfect escape. I return whenever my life allows."
Dick Hull, fiction writer, specialist in fish tales, frequently seen at Ike's