reporting in from Storyknife


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

We are proud to say that the Homer community has embraced Storyknife with open arms, with contributions to our fundraising campaigns and the making of beautiful, functional items necessary to the retreat’s daily life. I can’t wait to see the dining table Dave Gerard is making for us, funded by two of our most generous local supporters, John and Rika Muow. Six Homer potters are hard at work crafting pottery sets for each of the cabins. Here’s a photo of local artist Cynthia Morelli’s plate, bowl, and cup, which will live and work in Carol.

Cynthia Morelli's pottery set for Carol
photograph by Erin Coughlin Hollowell

The Kachemak Bay Quilters are making quilts to hang in each of the cabins. Homer residents will be familiar with the quality of their work and the generosity of their spirit, as with their Quilts of Valor and the quilt they make each year to raise funds for the Pratt Museum. Here’s a video of Patrice Krant at work. Gasp in awe. I did.

It is all about community here at Storyknife.

If you’d like to contribute to that community, consider visiting one of our gift registries to see what we still need to furnish the house and cabins. Our executive director, Erin Hollowell, whose genius idea the registries were, is especially hoping for gifts of linens, found here at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Sheets: Very Important. Writers need a good night’s sleep to be able to get up and wrestle with recalcitrant characters the next day.

There is also our second registry, here at Amazon. Some of those things can be pretty pricey, so your book club or your craft chapter or your service organization might like to band together to donate as a group. The Cosmic View Book Club has donated the set of Calaphalon cooking pots. Erin says, “The book club will now be a part of every meal served at Storyknife.” So, woks: Very Important. A writer needs calories to beat adverbs into submission.

And here would be a good place to give a shout out to Carri Thurman of Two Sisters Bakery in Homer, who contributed her time and expertise in advising us on appliances and kitchen furnishings, right down to the best place settings to showcase the delicious, nutritious food our chef will prepare for dinner in Eva each evening. Thank you, Carri!

Other ways to contribute to the Storyknife community:

Donate. Now that we’re in business, help keep us there.

*Sponsor a Storyknife Fellowship. Donate $5,000 to support one Storyknife resident for one year. You may name your Fellowship and the genre your fellow writes in, and we ask that you commit to three years. Our executive director, Erin Hollowell, will be happy to talk to you about it at

*We welcome donations of 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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