Writer’s Retreat at Treleven

29 May

Treleven Farm, the educational and environmental nonprofit Don and Cheryl Mitchell founded at their farm in New Haven, Vermont, will be establishing a writer’s retreat in the annex beside the main farmhouse. This is a beautiful, sunny space of almost 1,000 square feet with a bed in one corner, a desk in another, a dining area with a table, a well provisioned kitchen, a bathroom and shower, and a deck. It has frequently been used in the past for tourist and guest accommodation as well as for retreats.

Treleven will now also begin offering this facility for a writer’s retreat, starting with one month in the fall of 2015 and another one in the spring of 2016. The upcoming fall session will start on October 15th. The costs for the room and for utilities will be covered by the foundation, while the writer accepted for this retreat will be responsible for his or her own transportation and food. Applications will be considered both for one-month and for two-week residencies during the initial period.

The proposed writing project should relate directly to some aspect of the Treleven mission, which emphasizes creativity, environmental awareness, and close attention to the land, to education, and to social justice. More information about recent programs and affiliations may be found on the Treleven website: (https://treleven.wordpress.com/about/). The application should consist of a cover-letter with a description of the proposed project, a writing sample of between 200 and 2,000 words, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants for the October 15th retreat are asked to submit these materials to the following address by July 15th: Treleven Farms, 164 Mitchell Drive, Vergennes, VT 05491. A selection committee from the Treleven Board will read all materials and get back to people with its decision by August 15th.

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