Author and editor Leigh Newman works in the Mary Jane cabin in August.

Author and editor Leigh Newman works in the Mary Jane cabin in August.

Applications now being accepted for inaugural summer residencies at Alderworks

The Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat in Southeast Alaska is now accepting applications for its inaugural summer 2016 cabin residencies. Three log cabins will be available as residencies for two 4-­6 week periods in early and late summer. The application period for these residencies began on Nov. 15 and will end on Jan. 15.

The retreat is located nine miles from historic Skagway at the northern end of Lynn Canal. Situated on a five-­acre homestead along West Creek at the end of the Road, the retreat is within the Dyea-­Chilkoot Trail unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Dyea was a jumping off point for young stampeders in 1897‐98. For hundreds of years leading up to that event, Dyea was a Tlingit fishing and trading village. Jeff and Dorothy Brady of Skagway acquired the property in 2011. The site originally was homesteaded in the 1950s by Dorothy’s aunt and uncle. Restoration on the three cabins – Bea, Margaret and Mary Jane – and a bathhouse occurred in the summers of 2012-­‐2014, and the cabins were sampled by residents over the past year. Testimonials, cabin descriptions, residency guidelines, and information about how to apply online be viewed at

The cabins are best suited for writers, artists working in small mediums, and acoustic singer‐songwriters. All residents must have a degree of self‐reliance, as they will be doing their own cooking and working on their own schedule.

In their vision statement, the Bradys state, “The idea is simple enough: give writers and artists a quiet, beautiful spot to create or enhance their works, and wonderful things will happen.”

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