writing in the west studio

writing in the west studio


Before completing an application, please review the Taleamor Park residency guidelines. Taleamor Park is a small residency with no more than four or five residents at any one time, and the guidelines have been carefully designed to ensure a positive experience for all.

To apply:
1) Open the Taleamor Park Application. 2) Download the application onto your computer. 3) Re-open the downloaded application with Adobe Acrobat Reader. 4) Do NOT use your browser or Preview to fill out the application. 5) Using Adobe Acrobat, complete pages 1 and 2, and then either page 3a, 3b, or 3c. 6) Save the completed application as a PDF with your surname as part of the filename. 7) E-mail the completed application and supporting materials to Taleamor Park. 

Alternatively, you may print out the application, fill it in by hand, and snail mail it to us. Any hardcopies of supporting materials that are mailed to us will NOT be returned.


2018 schedule and fees

Self-directed two-week residencies are scheduled from May through October. Each month during the scheduled residency season, the local community is invited to Taleamor Park for an afternoon of informal artist and writer presentations.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submission is encouraged. Summer months especially tend to fill early. Preference is given to applications received six weeks or more before the start of the month of the proposed residency or retreat, but all applications will be considered if space is available. Contact us regarding availability if applying less than six weeks before the month of your residency.  

To apply for a residency during the regularly scheduled season, May through October, complete pages 1, 2, and 3a of the Taleamor Park Application.


During the scheduled residency season of May through October, Taleamor Park offers one assistantship each month. Assistants have the opportunity to participate in residency development and maintenance by contributing work in exchange for residency fees. An assistant contributes twelve to fifteen hours of work each week. Taleamor Park especially seeks applicants who have experience and skills in building maintenance and construction, gardening and groundskeeping, and park planning and construction. Assistants pay a $100 non-refundable confirmation deposit and are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals. 

The preferential due date for assistantship applications is March 9. Assistantship positions fill quickly. However, those seeking an assistantship may apply at any time for the assistantship wait list and/or for the Tier 3 subsidized rate.

To apply for an assistantship during the regularly scheduled season, May through October, complete pages 1, 2, and 3c of the Taleamor Park Application.


Taleamor Park accepts applications at any time for flexibly-scheduled retreats from November through April. The minimum retreat length is fourteen nights. Preference will be given to applications received six weeks or more before the start of a retreat.

There may be as few as one and as many as four residents during the off season. Taleamor Park hosts live nearby in a loft in an adjacent barn all year. However, if being the only resident is a concern, this could be an opportunity to organize a small group retreat of two to four people. In case of snow or ice, the resident(s) are required to assist in maintaining a clear path from the back door of the farmhouse to the plowed driveway.

Assistantships are not available during the off-season, November through April. However, Tier 1, 2, and 3 residencies are offered at reduced off-season rates. 

To apply for an off-season retreat during the months of November through April, complete pages 1, 2, and 3b of the Taleamor Park application.


Taleamor Park welcomes inquiries concerning self-organized group retreats of short duration (minimum 2 nights) during the off-season (November through April), as well as during the weeks in between scheduled sessions (May through October). Please contact us for further information.


Contact us for further information regarding in-season or off-season residencies or for inquiries regarding customized retreats of other lengths and times throughout the year.