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 sorta riffs off last Friday’s video, where I showed off a little mini-garden I put in in back of Carol. Today I’m showing you a spot where someone could sponsor another little garden along the walking trail. To which someone else might like to add a bench. The topper is you can name the garden spot and the benches. The benches will have the names engraved on them, and the garden spots will have a sign. Contact Erin at for more information.

And I would be guilty of underreporting progress at Storyknife if I didn’t include at least one photo of Rex the Site Dog. Yes, his official title, and he wears it with pride. Here he models the ADA ramp Scott built that connects the two deck levels on Eva. (I confess that the adoring look in Rex’s eyes probably has a lot more to do with the salmon treats I bring him that it does my magnificent self.)


Other ways you can support Storyknife:

*Storyknife gift registries on Amazon and Bed, Bath and Beyond are now live. A unique way to fly your Storyknife flag!

*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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