reporting in from Storyknife

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, after a fifteen-year gestation and following a three-year capital construction fund-raising campaign, we broke ground on Storyknife, a retreat for women writers in Homer, Alaska. Here’s what I said that day, and here is our website for more information. (Go ahead, click. You know you want to.)

Since then I’ve spent a lot of time on site, watching the foundations of six cabins and the main house go in. I’ve tried to capture photos and videos of all the people working on it. From now until we open for business (fingers crossed, April of next year) I’ll be posting about our progress here on Enjoy! I sure am.

First up is our first progress report from our builder, Scott Bauer, on May 31st.

How you can support Storyknife:

*Become a sustaining donor. A sustaining donor is one who donates the same amount every year. This can be anything from $50 a year to $10,000 a year. You can divvy that up into twelve monthly charges to your credit card if you like. Click here to donate online, or our executive director, Erin Hollowell, will be happy to talk to you about it at

*We are also promoting Storyknife sponsorships, i.e., a donor would sponsor a writer in residence at Storyknife by donating $5,000 per year for three years for a total of $15,000. In exchange, the donor can if they wish name the genre of the writer. Say you are interested in supporting women writers who write in crime fiction (or sf, romance, political science, biographies, you get the idea). Storyknife will notify applicants to apply for the Your Name Here Fellowship. Other writers may apply for general residencies, which are also available for sponsorships. Our executive director, Erin Hollowell, will be happy to talk to you about it at

*We welcome donations of appreciated stock, and we have a brokerage account set up to accept such donations. Betty, the second cabin, was built with appreciated stock. Our executive director, Erin Hollowell, will be happy to talk to you about it at

*By 2020 we’ll have an endowment fund ready to accept all of the above as well as testamentary donations. We plan on a ten-year fundraising campaign for the endowment, for a minimum goal of $5 million.

Thank you, Friends of Storyknife!


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  1. I have watched the “building of Storyknife” videos. They are awesome. It is interesting learning how things are built. Very interesting to learn what plants to plant that moose won’t eat. What you are doing is so great. And what a place to be for a period of time, volcanoes out the windows, who could ask for more. Looks like your dream is going to be a reality very soon.
    Can’t wait til January too. Congrats on Death of an Eye coming out in paperback.

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