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.

The application period for 2020 Storyknife residencies is now open!
Writers, click here to apply.

Today’s video is of Rita Jo Shoultz, talking about the gardens she planted at Storyknife.

Today’s photo is of Storyknife on a day when the wind blew in sunshine after a long, hard rain. The sun highlights the pine cones at the tops of the trees, their brown echoed by the brown shingles on the roofs, as the green of the boughs is reflected by the green paint on the buildings. We were going for an organic look and we got it; Storyknife looks as much grown as it does built. And of course that’s Rex the Site Dog galloping toward me.


How 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, and 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 you through 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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