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.

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 Project Photos 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, which can be viewed under the Media & Testimonials page.

From November 15, 2015 to February 15, 2016, we opened up an application period for two 4-6 week residency periods in the summer of 2016.  Review of applications and finalist interviews were completed in March, and we made our selections in early April. 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) are Liesl Ravenscroft (Bea), Mollie Hosmer-Dillard (Margaret) and Kathryn Kain (Mary Jane). Watch for announcements about their community events on our Facebook 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)

Our three cabins…

are best suited for writers, acoustic musicians, painters, small craft workers, or fiber artists. In the future we hope to have a studio space on the property that will be able to be used by potters and sculptors.