Artist residences offer attendees a chance to meet other artists, carve out space for their work, and slow down. These often come with a high price tag, from application fees which support the organizations to program fees which keep the facilities running. If you’re like many artists, you might not be able to afford to pay in order to take time off from work to dedicate to your craft. Luckily, there are alternative paths to creating a writing retreat tailored just for you. In this roundtable, we’ll explore abundant options for planning your own DIY writing retreat with consideration to cost, location, duration, care-taking responsibilities, and more.
Emilly Prado is an award-winning multimedia journalist. A Chicana native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been writing and photographing since she was a child though studied education, social work, and library sciences after high school. Using an intersectional feminist framework, her work typically focuses on stories of marginalized communities in a wide range of topics. Her writing has appeared in nearly two dozen publications such as NPR, The Oregonian, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, the Portland Mercury, Feministing, Remezcla, and Travel Oregon amongst others.