Miss Sarah Fellowship for Black Women Writers

Mars Hill, NC, United States

Purpose: The “Miss Sarah” Fellowship for Black Women Writers aims to provide Black women writers a restful environment conducive to reflection and writing. It also offers uninterrupted time to plant the seed of an idea for a new writing project or to develop or complete a project underway. 



357 Joe Brown Road
Mars Hill, NC 28754
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
7 days - 7 days
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Pets (Non-service animals)
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for the public
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Unrestricted funding
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

Black women writers at any stage of their careers are invited to apply. There is no application fee. Each year the fellowship focuses on a different genre of writing. Please check our website for the most current area of focus. 


Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

Trillium Arts strives to support artists of all abilities. Trillium’s campus is currently under renovation with construction plans for an accessible 30’ x 40’ studio and artist accommodations consistent with ADA standards. In the interim, Trillium Arts invites artists with disabilities to apply and staff will work to meet specific needs to the best of our current limitations. Special needs are reviewed and discussed with the applying artist on a case by case basis. 

A new path is being built in spring 2022 that will enable artists with mobility issues improved access the creek and firepit area.

Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Phil Reynolds
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

Service Animal dogs under 50lb. are welcome. Rabies and proof of current vaccinations is required. 

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

The participation level will vary depending upon the nature of the disability. 

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

The barn rehearsal studio is currently not accessible.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to private kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Kosher and halal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Snack and beverage provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Large Sinks
Dye Area
Washer And Dryer
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
On-call Studio support provided
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access