Welcome to Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat on the banks of West Creek in beautiful Dyea, Alaska. Our retreat is located nine miles out the Dyea Road from historic Skagway and is within the Dyea-Chilkoot Trail unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Skagway may be accessed via the Klondike Highway from the north or the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system and flights from Juneau and Haines from the south.
Applications for the 2017 summer residencies will be open from November 15, 2016 to February 15, 2017. There will be two summer residency periods: 1) mid-May until the end of June for the Bea, Margaret and Mary Jane cabins, and 2) mid-July until the end of August for the Bea and Margaret cabins (Mary Jane has been filled for this period). Review of applications and finalist interviews will take place in late February and final decisions will be made in March.
Restoration of the three resident cabins – Bea, Margaret and Mary Jane – and a bath house occurred in the summers of 2012-2014 and can be viewed by touring the photo gallery. During the fall of 2014 and summer of 2015 we invited our first writers from Alaska-Yukon for test residencies in the finished Alderworks cabins and to give us feedback. Our first full summer was in 2016 and was very successful. The first summer session residents (mid-May-June) were Amanda Waldroupe (Bea cabin), Crystal Cudworth (Margaret), and Penelope Moffet and Jenny Mueller (Mary Jane). The second session residents (mid-July-August) were Liesl Ravenscroft (Bea), Mollie Hosmer-Dillard (Margaret) and Kathryn Kain (Mary Jane). See photos in our Gallery or on our Facebook page and read some of their testimonials on the Media & Testimonials page.
Please tour our site and read about our Vision for Alderworks, explore the individual Cabins, and view our Residency Guidelines and Apply pages. If you have any questions, please e-mail us.
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Logo by Josh Downs • Site photos by Elise Giordano, Jeff & Dorothy Brady, Kathy Gates, and Jan Aalt van den Hoorn
Music to overhead video: “Acorn Falls” by Tasha-Yar, courtesy of Ben Teeter (video will play with wifi connection)