We offer beautiful and private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Writers have access to many lovely and functional common areas including a large kitchen, dining / gathering room, reading and writing porches, sitting room, work room, several outdoor spaces, decks, and gardens in which to take in the wonder and peace of nature. We have a swimming pool, an in-ground whirlpool spa, and a tennis court. Hiking trails that traverse the wooded ridge behind our buildings provide ample outdoor space to explore and offer a respite after intense hours of writing.

Residencies are available for 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks at a cost of $350.00 per week. 

Residencies begin on Mondays with a check-in no earlier than 3:00 p.m. and end on Sundays with a check-out no later than 11:00 a.m. While we greatly prefer writers stay at least 1 week, we understand that for some writers, especially parents, coordinating a full week away might not be possible. Therefore, with flexibility in mind, RWC offers stays of less than one week at a nightly rate of $75.00. Please keep in mind full-week residencies are given preference. Shorter stays are granted at the discretion of the director and can be scheduled no more than one month out.

Writers must be self-driven, independent and able to work in a quiet manner respecting other residents. In the application process, writers will be asked to articulate the project they intend to work on during residency, briefly share why they think they would benefit from time at Rockvale Writers’ Colony, and provide 5-8 pages of sample writing for evaluation. We will work with accepted writers to find a suitable time for their residency.

Residents are expected to provide their own food and prepare their own meals, and are given ample pantry and refrigerator space for groceries. Every Monday at 7:00 p.m. we will host a welcome dinner. We highly encourage attendance at this gathering so that writers can benefit from our community, enjoy getting to know one another, and share information about their writing projects.   

Application Periods: 
Presently, applications are accepted year-round. Please allow up to 30 days for a response, but we often get back to writers much sooner than that. Flexibility with dates is greatly appreciated. 

Other Fees:

Deposit – $100.00
Application fee – $35.00.
Cleaning fee – $25.00.
Shuttle service from Nashville International Airport (if pre-arranged) – $40.00 each way.

Applicable taxes also apply.

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