Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH)?
WCDH is one of the few writers' colonies in the South, providing room, board and uninterrupted time for writing. We draw writers and songwriters from around the world each year, providing over 60 residencies from March through December. We are the only writers colony in the U.S. that honors culinary as a legitimate genre - so much so that we have a dedicated Culinary Suite complete with state-of-the art test kitchen.
What types of writers, songwriters and artists come to the Colony?
Writers from all genres, both emerging and experienced, enjoy residencies. Space for songwriters and composers is currently limited. However, plans are being made for a composer's cottage designed specifically for that purpose. In 2012, we hope to open our first dedicated artist's suite in the new "505" colony.
What is the admission process?
Writers and songwriters can apply either online or print the application and mail it. Samples of work are required, along with two references and a non-refundable $35 application fee. When the application is complete with form, references, sample and application fee, the package is sent to reviewers for jurying. The applicant is then notified and, if accepted, residency dates are scheduled.
What does it cost? How is it funded?
Essentially, we operate on an honor system. Writers are asked to contribute a minimum of $385/week for room and board, which is $55/day. Many contribute more. The actual cost of a stay is approximately $175 per day. Additional fees include a $20 internet fee and a $25 cleaning fee.
In order to support dedicated writing time, the Colony conducts ongoing fundraising activities to supplement the cost of a Writers' stay.
How many studios are there?
There are currently three in the Main House. When the new 505 Spring Street Colony building is renovated (expected to open Spring 2012), five additional suites will be available, including one artist's/composer's suite, and we'll have another community kitchen and gathering hall!
What accommodations are available in the studios?
Sleeping, private bath, reading and working area, along with a microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker, and cable or wireless hook-up for the internet.
How are meals handled?
Food forms are provided to residents prior to their arrival. We make every effort to accommodate necessary food needs within the budget and reason. Sit down meals are provided five nights a week, Monday through Friday. The refrigerator is stocked for residents for breakfast and lunch on their own schedule. Any extraordinary food requests/needs are the responsibility of the resident.
What type of writers' community is fostered?
Camaraderie among our writers is supported during meal time and whenever writers mutually agree to spend time together. We fiercely protect every writers' time for privacy and focused creative time. Although community is supported, the primary focus is individual time for writing.
How long do writers stay?
From one week to three months. We encourage our writers to stay for longer periods of work time, but understand that that isn't always possible.
What is it like in Eureka Springs?
Eureka Springs was listed as one of the top small arts towns in the country by American Style magazine. With over 450 writers, musicians, performers and artists living and working in the community, it is a prime setting for a colony. In addition, the natural beauty of the Ozarks and the intriguing citizens of Eureka Springs keep the muse entertained. Eureka Springs is "The Art & Soul" of the Ozarks! And we have the fabulous Carnegie Library just a short walk from the Colony.
Who runs the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow?
A national board of directors operates the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. Currently, the Colony staff includes:
Chef and Hospitality Director
Grounds and Housekeeper
Is the Colony open to the public?
The main gathering room is often the site for workshops, Poetlucks, elementary and middle school sessions and other events. Check the event schedule.
How can I support the Colony?
There are numerous ways you can support the colony. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-253-7444 for further information.