Residencies, Grants & Workshops

Writing/Arts Prizes and Grants

ASLE Translation Grants
ASLE Translation Grants support work in ecocriticism from international scholars translating books or other substantial projects (such as longer articles) into English. Grants are generally given in non-conference (even numbered) years, and the award amount is $1000 per grant.

The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature
The Siskiyou Prize accepts published or unpublished full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. The 2021 Siskiyou Prize winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a two-week residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology during the 2022-2023 residency season. All unpublished manuscripts submitted to the prize will be considered for publication by Ashland Creek Press. Manuscripts must be received between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

LexArts EcoArts Grants
To help art come to life and touch lives, LexArts supports regional artists and arts organizations through Community Arts Development (CAD) grants and General Operating Support (GOS) grants awarded on a competitive basis. CAD grants are specific to a program or project, while GOS grants help underwrite and sustain essential infrastructure like workspace, equipment, materials, salaries and marketing. All grant applications will be reviewed in a public forum in June of each year.

AWP Kurt Brown Prizes
Formerly known as the WC&C Scholarship Competition, the AWP’s Kurt Brown Prizes award $500 each year to emerging writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. The prizes are applied to fees for winners to attend one of the member programs in AWP’s Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership to AWP.  Deadline for submissions is usually the end of March each year.


A Studio in the Woods
A program of the Tulane University Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research. Flint and Steel are five week residencies designed to allow artists to join forces with academic partners. Artists and Tulane University faculty members will be united to inspire each other in the development of new work, to excite the public, and to ignite social change. Addressing the artists’ desire to be more effective and have longer lasting impact with their outreach, these collaborations will empower the artistic practice with scholarship, student manpower and academic resources from Tulane. We ask artists to describe in detail how the opportunity will affect their work, to identify potential departmental partners, to propose a public component to their residency and to suggest ways in which they will engage with the local community.

Arte Studio Ginestrelle
Arte Studio Ginestrelle is a residency for writers and visual artist set in the Regional Park of Mount Subasio of Assisi, and at the Writing residency, located in the historical town of Assisi in Italy.  It offers residencies to writers and artists from all artistic disciplines and its aim is to support excellence and originality. For application forms and residencies programs, please, contact

Artsmith Artist Residency and Scholarship to Writer Island Workshop
Each year Artsmith grants up to five Artist Residency Fellowships for artists, scholars, and writers to have one week of focused time to create new works. The residency takes place on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. The Artsmith Peer Review Panel, comprised of artists, writers, and scholars, selects Fellows based primarily on two main criteria: 1) How well the proposed work will benefit from the residency setting (with special consideration for work that engages with the environment) and 2) Do the statement of intent and work sample reflect originality and evidence of pushing the boundaries of craft. September 30 annual application deadline. Artsmith also offers the Doug and Ann Johnson scholarship for one participant to attend the fall Writer Island weekend workshop. The scholarship includes admission to the workshop and two nights’ lodging at the Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast on Orcas Island. August 31 annual application deadline.

Every winter we invite artists from all over the world to our Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. Artists are provided private A-frame cabins and share access to wet and dry studios, a darkroom, a kiln, editing facilities and rehearsal and performance space. Because we believe a range of backgrounds enhances the communal experience, residencies are open to artists from any field, as well as scientists, engineers, and environmentalists. While it is not required, an embrace of how art and nature communicate is encouraged at Caldera. Annual application deadline in mid-June.

Land Arts of the American West
Land Arts of the American West is an ongoing experiment in an interdisciplinary model for an Arts pedagogy based in place. The Land Arts program provides students with direct, physical engagement with a full range of human interventions in the landscape, from pre contact Native America architecture, rock paintings and petrogylphs to contemporary Earthworks, federal infrastructure, and the constructions of the US Military. Land art includes gestures both grand and small, directing our attention from potsherd, cigarette butt, and track in the sand to human settlements, monumental artworks, and military/industrial projects such as hydroelectric dams, interstate highways, mines, and decommissioned airfields. Each year the Land Arts program travels extensively throughout the southwestern United States and north central Mexico to live and work for over fifty days on the land. Our time is divided between investigating cultural sites such as Chaco Canyon, Roden Crater, Hoover Dam, Wendover Complex of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Juan Mata Ortiz, Spiral Jetty and the Very Large Array and working in the variety of eco-niches provided by our campsites at places such as the Grand Canyon, Grand Gulch, Gila Wilderness, Bosque del Apache and Otero Mesa Grasslands. Our current focus is on the issues of sustainability with a particular interest in food production and water use in the southwest. Various grants with spring deadlines.

Jan Michalski Foundation
Writer Residencies at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland. The mission of the Jan Michalski Foundation is to foster literary creation and encourage the practice of reading through a range of initiatives and activities. Residences are available for all types of writers engaged in literary creation. While we give priority to writers and translators, we are also open to any other discipline as long as writing is at the heart of the project.  Two week-, one-, two-, three- or six-month stays are available. Residents’ travel costs to and from their home address will be covered by the Foundation, and they are granted a monthly allowance of CHF 1200. The application forms for 2022 should post around 1 May 2021, deadlines around 31 August. Read more and apply.

PLAYA is a retreat for artists and scientists who can benefit from time and space spent in an inspiring and unique natural environment. There is also plenty of opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A residency provides the solitude needed to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes. Residents can focus on their projects, immerse in a desert landscape of basin and rangeland, and find inspiration through self-directed inquiry and dialogue with others focused on writing, visual arts, science, and other creative disciplines. Located in the Oregon Outback, near Summer Lake in Lake County, PLAYA manages its residency program and offers a range of community and educational outreach activities. Residencies are provided without a fee and span most of the year.

Signal Fire Outpost Residencies
Signal Fire provides opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world. Our projects instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for the access to— and protection of— our remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society. Signal Fire was formed in 2008 in response to the urban demand on working artists. We have hosted filmmakers, writers, visual artists, musicians, and creative agitators. Application deadlines vary. Join mailing list for updates.

Sitka Center for Art & Ecology
The Residency Program has provided more than 200 artists, writers, musicians, architects and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary. Up to six residents at a time, usually from different disciplines and stages in their careers, live and work on campus for up to 3 1/2 months free of charge. All residents perform community outreach during their stay, offering free exhibits and lectures on campus, presentations to area schools or community groups, and/or conducting scholarly research for local educational institutions. Annual application deadline in April.

The Spring Creek Project
The Spring Creek Project offers two residency programs: 1) The Collaborative Retreat at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a two-week-long retreat for two participants who wish to pursue a collaborative project, or two participants who each have individual projects and who anticipate a synergistic benefit from each other’s presence. At least one of the applicants must be a writer who takes inspiration from the natural world. The second applicant may also be a writer, or he or she may work in any other field (e.g. science, philosophy, music, art, crafts, etc.) and 2) Long-Term Ecological Reflections is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word, the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Program; and the Pacific Northwest Research Station, with funding from the US Forest Service. In all of our programs, writers are encouraged to visit designated study sites for reflecting on and writing about the forest and their relation to it. These writings, which will form a collection spanning hundreds of years, will be gathered in permanent archives at Oregon State University, and are accessible via the web-based Forest Log.

United States National Park Service Artist in Residence Program
Artists have created art in national parks since the late 19th century when famed Hudson River painters captured the majestic views of our nation’s western parks. Today, the sights and sounds in national parks continue to inspire artists in more than 50 residency programs across the country. Whether staying in a remote wilderness cabin at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, or contemplating history at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa, or working in a contemporary studio overlooking the stone-lined fields at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, these programs provide artists with unique opportunities to create works of art in varied natural and cultural settings. There are programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and other creative media. Programs vary, but residencies are typically 2-4 weeks in length and most include lodging. Often artists are invited to participate in park programs by sharing their art with the public. Each park in this directory has its own application process and timeline so visit the park’s website for further information.

Writers’ Residencies at Vermont Studio Center
The Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. The residencies run for between 2 and 12 weeks. Applications are considered year-round on a rolling basis; however, applicants who wish to be considered for a fellowship that covers the full cost of a four-week residency must submit a fellowship application by one of three annual award deadlines: 15 February, 15 June, and 1 October.  For further information about the application process visit the Vermont Studio Center website

Workshops and Courses

Oak Spring Garden Foundation

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation (the former estate of Paul and Rachel Mellon near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia) is offering a new residential short course on “Literary Ecologies: Reading to Reinhabit the World” from May 20-24, 2024. The seminar will be taught by Gretchen E. Henderson and will immerse in reading environmental literature and art while exploring OSGF’s 700-acres of renowned Garden, Biocultural Conservation Farm, and celebrated Library. Participants will be accommodated with private lodging on site and all meals. More information about the residential short course can be found here. Application deadline: February 16, 2024


Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference

The Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference is an annual, week-long writers’ conference, based on the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference model, that’s designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world. The conference is co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College’s Franklin Environmental Center, and the Environmental Studies Program.  Email:, phone: (802) 443-5286
The Environmental Writing Institute
Founded in 1990 by long-time EVST Director Tom Roy (Professor EVST) and Henry Harrington (Professor, English and EVST) at the University of Montana, the Environmental Writing Institute was one of the first writing conferences in the country to focus entirely on nature and environmental writing, issues, concerns, and approaches. EWI participants each year (15 maximum) include both aspiring and accomplished writers–essayists, journalists, scientists, outdoor writers, natural historians, students, and teachers from around the country.  Participants are published and unpublished writers whose concerns range widely and wildly from the preservation of biodiversity to the conservation of community, from the ecology of high mountains to the wildness in vacant urban lots.  Some participants, familiar with other genres—from poetry to scientific writing—may be trying the personal, narrative, or natural history essay for the first time.

Environmental Arts Organizations

The Ashden Directory
Bringing together environmentalism and the performing arts.

Orion Online is a collaboration between The EnviroLink Network and The Orion Society. This site is home to the best of the Environmental Arts, featuring essays, poetry, interviews, and portfolios gleaned largely from the pages of the award-winning magazines: Orion and Orion Afield. This site is updated frequently, so check back often for new additions!

EcoArt South Florida
The mission of EcoArt South Florida is to encourage ecological health and decrease negative human impact through the rapid expansion of EcoArt in each of South Florida’s five watersheds. EcoArt SoFla implements our goal to catalyze the development of South Florida as a major center for EcoArt practice through collaboration with communities in each watershed.

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts 
The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts is a Think Tank for Sustainability in the Arts and Culture.The CSPA views sustainability as the intersection of environmental balance, social equity, economic stability and a strengthened cultural infrastructure. Seeing itself as evolved out of the principles of the 1987 Brundtland Report and 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, the CSPA aligns itself with the policies of Agenda 21 for Culture as a resource to artists and art organizations. The CSPA’s activities include research and initiatives positioning arts and culture as a driver of a sustainable society. 
This online museum emerged from our own experiences making environmental art and from seeing firsthand some of the challenges facing artists, community groups, nonprofit organizations and arts institutions when it came to presenting and discussing environmental art. More than a museum, we see as a giant collaborative art-making tool. We hope you find it useful, friendly and easy to navigate.

International League of Conservation Photographers
International League of Conservation Photographers furthers environmental and cultural conservation through communication initiatives that create vital content and disseminate conservation messages to a wide variety of audiences.

Orlo is a nonprofit organization exploring environmental issues through the creative arts.

Women Environmental Artists Directory
Focusing on women’s unique perspectives we collaborate internationally to further the field and understanding of ecological and social justice art.