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Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency

At the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods

Bookshop Santa Cruz and The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods are partnering together to offer a sponsored, two-week writing residency, now in its third year since it was inaugurated in honor of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s 50th anniversary in 2016.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winner

Congratulations to Maxim Loskutoff who will receive Bookshop's 2018 Writing Residency at The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods. Loskutoff is the author of the recently published collection of short stories selected as a New York Times Editor’s Pick, Come West and See (W. W. Norton) and is currently working on a full length novel, Spirits, to be published by W. W. Norton in 2020. Previously, he was a New York University Global Writing Fellow in Abu Dhabi and has been published in many literary journals including Ploughshares and The Southern Review. Loskutoff currently resides in Missoula, Montana. 


About the Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency at the Wellstone Center

Located at the Wellstone Center in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains and run by Sarah Ringler and best-selling author Steve Kettmann, the residency provides a room and most evening meals for the selected writer for fourteen days. The writer can also participate in Wellstone offerings, including weekly yoga and 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 first author chosen was novelist Thad Nodine, author of Touch and Go, who spent his two weeks in residence at WCR in December 2016. The winner for 2017 was Kate Schatz, the New York Times-bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide.

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 a grove of redwoods.

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. Information on applying for next year's residency will be posted in 2019. Read more here.


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.