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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 fourth year since it was inaugurated in honor of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s 50th anniversary in 2016.


Congratulations to the 2019 Winner

Congratulations to Lexie Bean who will receive Bookshop's 2019 Writing Residency at The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, who was selected for this honor to complete their feature-length screenplay based on their forthcoming novel, The Ship We Built, due out by Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House in 2020. Lexie Bean (they/them/theirs or he/him/his) is an actor, writer, and curator. From writing forTeen Vogue, to documentary making and performance tours, much of their work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and queer foreshadowing. Their third anthology, full of letters that fellow trans survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault wrote to their body parts, was nominated for a 2019 Lambda Literary Award. Through this project, they have been featured in Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Logo's NewNowNext and Them. A segment of The Ship We Built has been made into an animated short film, and premiered at the Festival de Animación Festival in Mexico City in 2016.

Lexie said, “I'm looking forward to spending time in a place where my narrator would feel safe. I'm looking forward to finding a new favorite place of my own. I'm looking forward to making friends with the animals, and challenging myself to go deeper into my work and the world I'm creating." 

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. The 2018 author was Maxim Loskutoff, author of the New York Times Editor’s Pick, Come West and See.

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 2020. 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.

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