Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat prepares for first application period

Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat in Dyea will open the application period for Summer 2016 residencies on Nov. 15. Two 4-6 week residency periods will be offered.

Founded by Skagway residents Jeff and Dorothy Brady on family property, Alderworks residencies are open to writers and artists needing a quiet place to create. It is located on the banks of West Creek in Dyea, nine miles out the Dyea Road from Skagway and within the Dyea-Chilkoot Trail unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Restoration of the three resident cabins – Bea, Margaret and Mary Jane – and a bath house occurred in the summers of 2012-2014. Test residences occurred during the fall of 2014 and summer of 2015; early visitors included author Leigh Newman. To watch a video of a reading from her memoir, “Still Points North,” on the porch of one of the cabins, visit

The purpose of Alderworks is to enhance the creative process, according to its website. Those selected will be asked to contribute something to the community while they are there, such as giving a reading, having a small show, or hosting a workshop.

Cabins include a kitchen with utensils and cookware; propane, wood, electricity, running water, and drinking water; bath facilities and towels; a laundry facility; wireless internet (slow in Dyea but available); bicycles for getting around Dyea. Resident aritsts will provide their own food and car if they need one.

To read a previouw CCW story on Alderworks, visit

To read more about Alderworks, visit

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