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Mineral School

Emerging Program member

Mineral School is a residency located in a former 1947 elementary school near Mt. Rainier, in Mineral, Washington. During summer 2019, we're offering four two-week residency periods and one one-week residency period to a total of 20 literary and/or visual artists, providing accepted applicants with space and time to create new work without the interruptions of normal life and with the bonus of healthy meals prepared by culinary volunteers using locally-grown and organic food whenever possible.

Each resident will live in an 800-square foot former classroom that offers peekaboo views of Mineral Lake and Mt. Rainier, and that will double as their writing studio, with desk and chair, lighting, bookcase, and lots of chalkboards. Visual artist residents will be offered space to work inside or outside of their classroom. The main school building has bathrooms with showers and DIY laundry facilities. Residents will be served three meals and snacks daily, and they will have the opportunity to share work with the public. Mineral features a swimmable fishing lake with boat rentals, a tavern, a bed and breakfast, a general store, two churches, a post office, and more deer than people. It's a 25-minute drive to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Visiting authors and artists
During each residency, resident alumni or other visiting artists will present work, typically along with special guest writers or artists they have chosen to accompany them.

Residency deadlines
We are accepting applications from December 15, 2018, through February 15, 2019, (Midnight, EST) for the 2019 summer residencies. Notification will be given at least two months before the residency period for which you've applied.

Two-week residency dates for 2019

May 5-May 2019 (screenwriters only)

June 16-June 30, 2019 (mixed-genre)

July 14-July 28, 2019 (mixed-genre)

August 18-September 1, 2019 (mixed-genre)

September 15-September 23, 2019 (parent writers/artists only)


We're pleased to offer 10 funded residencies in 2019.

June Dodge Writing Fellows (3) attend for free and receive travel assistance from any point in or between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, in addition to room and board, visits by presenting authors, and opportunities to share work publicly. Fellowships are open to writers from the Pacific Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA) and Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon) whose work is informed by travel, adventure, or nature. Three fellowships for two-week residency and one fellowship for a one-week residency will be awarded in 2018.

The Erin Donovan Writing Fellowship (1) is open to an emerging woman writer of poetry or prose living in Washington, Oregon, New York, or Massachusetts who is at least 40 years old, and whose writing expresses both wit and compassion. This fellowship covers the residency fee (room and board, guest presenters, options to present) for August 2017 and includes a travel stipend (up to $175 for WA or OR residents, up to $400 for MA/NY residents). This fellowship is funded by the friends of Erin Donovan, an Oregon writer and teacher who passed away in 2015.

The Mona Lisa Roberts Visual Artist Fellowship (1) is open to a visual artist (graphic novelist/comics artist, painter, photographer, fabric artist, paper artist, etc.) who self-identifies as LGBTQ and lives in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon). This fellowship funds a two-week residency any month and transit from Seattle, Portland, or points between along I-5. Depending on the medium and artist's preference, they can work in the studio room where they sleep, spread out in the gym, or improvise outdoors.

The Rainier Independent Film Festival Fellowship (1) is open to screenwriters who identify as women of color and/or as LGBTQ and who have either completed one feature-length screen play or produced a short film. They will attend the May two-week screenwriters’ residency at no charge, receive travel help (from any point in or between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA), room and board, entry to the Rainier Independent Film Festival, and options to share work publicly.

The Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Fellowships (4) support four parent artists from anywhere in North America so they may attend our one-week parent-specific residency in mid-September 2019. Any writer or visual artist currently raising a child 18 or under may apply. Accepted artists attend for free and receive travel assistance from any point in or between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. in addition to room and board, a visit by an artist presenter who has made it through the child-rearing years, and opportunities to share work. Note: Parents do not bring children to this residency; this residency is shorter in length to make the logistics of leaving home easier for parents.


We're pleased to offer 10 nominally-priced residencies in 2019.

Writing and visual artist residencies for poets or prose (fiction, nonfiction) writers cost $425 (two-week mixed-genre sessions) and the May residency for screenwriters costs $550. All residencies include room, board, presentations by guest writers, opportunities for public presentation, and lots of love. Travel is not included for non-fellowship residents; travel from points between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, to Mineral may be arranged for a small fee ($20-30/each way). We make every effort to arrange ride-shares and keep this cost low for residents.


Mineral, Washington: United States

Rural, in a mountain lake town that's a 25-minute drive to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Contact Information

Mineral School
PO Box 214
Mineral, Washington 98355
United States