We offer beautiful, private bedroom/bathroom suites. Writers have access to many lovely and functional common areas including a large kitchen, dining / gathering room, writing porches, reading room, library, several outdoor spaces, decks, and gardens. We also have a swimming pool and a tennis court. The 65 acres surrounding our buildings provide ample outdoor space to explore and offer a respite after intense hours of writing.

Weeklong Residencies:

Weekly residencies are available for 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks at the highly subsidized rate of $385.00 per week for rooms in the Farmhouse or Cabin. Writers can request to stay in the Ogilvie Granary, a larger, more private space with its own kitchen, at the rate of $425.00 per week. Carriage House rooms are reserved for weekend retreats or special situations.

Weekly 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 prefer writers to stay at least 1 week, we understand that it might not be possible for some writers to coordinate a full week away. Therefore, with flexibility in mind, RWC offers stays of 1, 2, or 3 nights at the regular nightly rate of $100.00. Please keep in mind full-week residencies are given preference. 

Check-in for Mini-residencies is 3:00 p.m. on the beginning day. Check-out is no later than 11:00 a.m. on the ending day.

More information:

Residents are expected to provide their own food and prepare their own meals and are given ample pantry and refrigerator space for groceries.  We provide all bedding, towels, and paper products (T.P., Kleenex, paper towels). Our kitchen is fully stocked with dishes and cookware.

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 briefly articulate their project, share why they think they would benefit from time at Rockvale Writers’ Colony, and provide 5 pages of sample writing. We will work with accepted writers to find a convenient time for their residency. 

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. Please be sure to check our availability calendar when requesting dates. 

Other Fees:

  • Application fee – $30.00.
  • Cleaning fee – $30.00.
  • Driver service to and from Nashville International Airport – Currently, we are suggesting writers utilize Uber or Lyft drivers to bring them to the colony. Stopping at the grocery store on the way is a great idea. Since it’s difficult to arrange for Uber or Lyft services from the colony to the airport (We are far out in the country!), we provide a driver’s name and number for the writer to contact. Fees are at the discretion of the drivers or the service hired.
  • Driver service to grocery store – $20.00 – It’s much prefered for writers to arrive at the colony with food already purchased. If this is not possible, we will try to arrange a grocery trip on Tuesdays.
  • Applicable sales tax of 9.75% and occupancy tax of 4% also apply.

Please read our FAQs for more information!