SDWG Writing Residencies

 a new benefit for our members—
the Straw Dog Writers Guild Writing Residencies at Patchwork Farm Retreat.

Patchwork Farm Writers Retreat

A Straw Dog Writing Residency will include 6 days, 5 nights, Sunday at 3:00 pm through Friday noon, in one of the lovely, unique places at Patchwork Farm Retreat in Westhampton MA.

Patchwork Farm Writers RetreatResidencies will be self-guided and residents will provide their own meals, with access to cooking facilities. Cost of accommodations will be covered by a grant from a generous Straw Dog member.

To apply for a residency, you must reside in one of the four western counties of Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin & Berkshire), be a dues-paying member of Straw Dog Writers Guild (you may join at time of application for residency), and be working on a substantial writing project.

Application by email to Straw Dog Writers Guild, (, to include:

–       a brief description (no more than two paragraphs) of your writing project in any genre: poetry, fiction, memoir, literary non-fiction, essays, dramatic writing, songwriting, journalism, etc.;

–       writing sample: 3-5 poems or 5-10 pages of prose, double-spaced;

–       how it would benefit you to receive a full scholarship residency at Patchwork Farm Retreat.

Residencies are awarded on the basis of merit and the extent to which it seems that the person will benefit from the residency.Patchwork Farm Writers Retreat

A small group of Straw Dog members, including the director of Patchwork Farm Retreat, Patricia Lee Lewis, will welcome applications beginning July 1, with residencies to be scheduled beginning September 1, no more than one per month.