Residencies at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

New! Gell Residency for Writers with Children, Award recipients will be announced by March 1st, 2017.

Writers & Books, the premier independent literary center in Rochester, NY offers a one-week writing residency to three writers with young children. Writers can choose our urban location, located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts—which includes tuition for accompanying children to attend Writers & Books SummerWrite camp program (ages 6-18) — or our rural facility, Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, located in scenic South Bristol, NY (about 45 minutes south of Rochester) on 24 acres of gorgeous woodland. Lodging is included for up to a one-week stay. Each writer, their children, and one other adult will be reimbursed up to $1,000 for travel and food expenses for the week. This residency is funded in part by the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

The three residency awards will be announced by March 1st, 2017 and will take place between April – August 2017. Dates will be negotiated after acceptance.




Our most recent Writer-in-Residence, Deborah Noyes, wrote a significant portion of her book Captivity published in 2010 by Unbridled Books, and was at Gell the end of September to work on her next novel.

“Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat provided the perfect setting and facilities for a day of writing and sharing personal stories in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes.”~ Sonja Livingston

For more information, visit our Gell Facilities page or contact Kathy Pottetti at 585-473-2590 x103. For a residency application, click here!

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