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We accept applications year round and only through Submittable. A $35.00 application fee applies to all first-time applicants.

If you are a previously accepted writer and it has been 12 months or more from your first application, you may apply under the “Returning Residents” tab and pay the application fee of $25.00. If you return for residency at RWC within 12 months of a previous residency, no application or application fee is required, but you will need to email the director at sandy.rockvale@gmail.com to discuss dates. If you have questions about this policy, please email and we can discuss your specific situation in detail.


If you wish to prepare your application before you officially submit, we provide the following list of questions that you’ll find on the Submittable form. We don’t ask for references. We ask that you articulate for yourself who you are and why you want to come to RWC.

  • Your contact information including name, address, phone number, email address, gender, and date of birth.
  • Tell us about yourself. Give us your bio. What genre do you write in? Tell us what inspires you, what moves you, what you feel passionate about, what you want to accomplish with your writing, what your dream is regarding your writing. It matters to us who you really are. This is the place to share that.
  • Tell us about the project you’ll be working on if accepted to RWC. Why is this project important to you?
  • Have you been to other residencies? If so, list them here with the dates you attended.
  • Upload 5-8 pages of writing as a sample of your writing proficiency.
  • Tell us what a residency at RWC would mean to you. Why are you applying? What is it about RWC that attracts you? How did you hear about us?
  • What is your intended length of stay at RWC?
  • What dates are you available for residency at RWC? Give us your top 3 choices. Note: Flexibility with dates is greatly appreciated.
  • Do you have any special needs that might affect your stay at RWC? If so, please be specific so that we can ensure we can meet them. Note: we are wheelchair and handicapped accessible, but the more information you can give about your specific needs, the better. We are also chemical-free with all cleaners at the colony in order to protect our environment and the needs of chemical-sensitive individuals. Again, the more you can share with us, the better. We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible.
  • Do you have a writer website you’d like to share with us? If so, please do!

We aim to respond to all residency applications within 30 days, but we often get back to writers much sooner than that.

Thank you for your application to RWC. We invite you to read the FAQs section on this website for additional information as well as A Day in the Life to explore a typical day at the colony. Feel free to email the director at sandy.rockvale@gmail.com with any questions you may have regarding application or your stay as a RWC resident.


Ready to Apply? Click HERE to begin.