Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency

At the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods

In honor of our 50th anniversary, Bookshop Santa Cruz partnered with The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods to offer an annual, sponsored, two-week writing residency.  Our first year of the residency took place in 2016 with California author Thad Nodine. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Residency. 

Applications are now open for the 2017 Residency! Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and run by Sarah Ringler and best-selling author Steve Kettmann, the residency provides a room and meals for the selected writer for fourteen days. The writer can also participate in Wellstone offerings, including weekly yoga, OpenMic Night and will receive a consultation session with Bookshop Santa Cruz buyers to discuss their project in relation to the marketplace. This residency sponsorship will be offered annually through 2020. The residency is open to any author working on a work of fiction. Preference is given to either a California writer or an author working on a book that takes place in California. Preference will also be given to writers with a previously published book or with a literary agent or contract for their book. Nonetheless, all writers of fiction are encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter (200-300 words) explaining why you think you would be a good fit for the residency, a recently updated resume, a brief description of your project (no more than one page) and a 1,000-word writing sample to Applications for the 2017 residency are due June 1, 2017.  The winner will be notified by July 1.  The residency can take place anytime between September 2017 and December 2017 (extenuating circumstances may allow the residency through spring 2018).

Writing Residencies can jump-start a writer to make dramatic progress. The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods offers immersion in an environment of spectacular beauty sure to inspire any writer not only to find new directions to make progress with a writing project, but also a chance to pamper oneself with a break from many of the distractions of day-to-day life. The resident writers will stay in the Zen Suite, with a balcony looking down on the forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains and, in the distance, Monterey Bay, and a rear exit toward our grove of redwoods.



Inaugural Resident: Thad Nodine, 2016








Founded in 2012 by Sarah Ringler and Steve Kettmann, the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods was named to San Francisco Magazine‘s 2013 “Best of the Bay” issue for its weekend workshops. The Wellstone Center helps create the writers of tomorrow and helps free the writer living inside all of us. We do this by bringing people together in a tranquil and peaceful environment to provide them with new ideas and inspiration and also by publishing a select number of books through our Wellstone Books imprint.

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