The Vermont Studio Center has offered Rainier Writing Workshops two partial scholarships for a month-long residency in Johnson, VT. They have a number of visiting writers available for conferences, so the month would be determined by the genre in which you are working. Some travel money may also be available.
For more information: Vermont Studio Center
The Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota will guarantee one of its few spots for writers to someone from the Rainier Writing Workshops; this opportunity is partially funded by the program's support for the center's Deborah Tall fellowship. Certain months will not be available.
For more information: Anderson Center
Other centers include the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Centrum. Centers in other countries include the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland and Hawthornden in Scotland.
Summer workshops where participants can hear new and different writers might make up a part of an outside experience. This might include a workshop abroad, such as the Prague Summer Workshop, or a working assistantship at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA. A complete listing of such workshops can be found in Poets & Writers magazine or the AWP Writer's Chronicle.
Some Past Examples...
Residencies and Writers Conferences
In order to spend crucial time writing, RWW participants attended Vermont Studio Center, The Anderson Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Centrum, Soapstone, Montana Artists’ Refuge, the David White Center in Costa Rica, Katchemak Bay Conference, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, Fishtrap, and various regional arts centers.
In order to enhance current projects, RWW participants traveled to England, Japan, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, and rural Pennsylvania. One made a cross-country trip sampling pizza in cities along the way.
Study and Research
RWW participants enhanced their knowledge in the following ways: Jack Straw Writer’s Program; course in Oregon Rock Art; New York City residency to research Henry James; MOHAI Seminars, the Sitka Symposium in Alaska, an NEH Summer seminar; learning Spanish in Nicaragua. One drove 17,000 miles around the country to research a series of essays.
In order to develop teaching skills, RWW participants led a number of local workshops; designed courses for the Attic Institute; developed courses at the college and high school levels; worked as writers in the schools; taught writing in a prison in Mexico.
RWW participants engaged in the following activities: founding a local Reading/Open Mic series; completing a Public Art Project; working to help elders write their life stories; participating in the “Music & Healing Project”; organizing a Latino Literary Festival; organizing a city-wide book fair.
Internships with national presses; created an eBook publishing company; served as editor of a magazine; edited an anthology; toured art museums; features and interviews; collaborations with other artists; writing for radio; working in a shipyard; working with Nisqually tribal elders; a sixteen-day solo wilderness retreat.