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.

Today’s video is of Scott introducing us to cabinets and flooring (already!) in Carol, which will be the same in all seven buildings. (Some of you have already seen an abbreviated version of the video on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.)

In the meantime, David and Dan Gerard are making countertops. Here’s a photo of them at work in their shop. The cream of the countertops, the lighter wood of the cabinets, and the darker wood of the laminate are going to be beautiful in combination.

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On the outside, the decks and railings are installed and looking gorgeous. This is Katie.


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 payments on 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. 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 of $5 million. The goal is for the income on that endowment to fund Storyknife’s annual operating budget.

Thank you, Friends of Storyknife!


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