New Policies and Precautions

in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

In full compliance with Tennessee state and Williamson County guidelines for businesses, we are open! We are accepting new applications for residencies and rescheduling any 2020 residencies that were canceled due to the pandemic. We understand the concern about staying healthy and limiting the risk of exposure to the virus. As we move into 2021, RWC is continuing in our efforts to help writers feel safe as a writer-in-residence at Rockvale. Please read our policies and feel free to discuss any concerns you may have about residencies. Direct all questions to

Believing while Social Distancing!
  1. If a writer is sick, has a fever, or has been around anyone testing positive for Covid-19, we request they do not come to RWC.
  2. All our rooms are private bedroom/bathroom suites. There are no shared bathrooms or private spaces.
  3. Common areas, such as the library and writing porch are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected. These areas are easily avoided if a writer does not feel comfortable being in a common room.
  4. The farmhouse kitchen and pantry are shared. Writers are asked to practice social distancing while using the kitchen and masks are encouraged if more than 1 person is present. Taking turns for meal preparation is also encouraged.
  5. We have 1 completely private space, the Ogilvie Granary, which is self-contained in its own building, and has a bedroom, bathroom, living/writing space, and kitchen. This space must be reserved in advance.
  6. We don’t supply any food, so there is no added risk to writers at mealtimes. The refrigerator and pantry are cleaned and cleared out each week. Our Monday Welcome Dinner is no longer being held.
  7. We deep clean all rooms between writers’ stays, especially the kitchen and surfaces in shared spaces. Each writer bedroom/bathroom has a container of Chlorox wipes for the writer to use as desired.
  8. We are being very flexible with date changes. As we know, the situation with the pandemic changes frequently, and the effects on individual writers change too. If a writer is scheduled and needs to cancel or change weeks, we accommodate that if at all possible.
  9. Tours of the property are optional. While we like to show writers around (we have a large place!), a writer can also receive an email with the top “things to know”. We maintain social distance during tours. Writers can ask questions in several ways, including email and text.
  10. We welcome questions about residencies at any time and will work to ensure writers feel safe during their stay.