The 2023 Environmental Writing Fellowship and Residency

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Environmental Writing Fellowship and Residency focused on the theme of Oregon’s Climate Forests.

The Pacific temperate rainforest is, acre for acre, better than the Amazon Rainforest at absorbing and storing carbon. If left to grow, the majestic cedars, spruces, hemlocks, and firs can hold carbon for an astonishing 800 years or more. These forests are climate forests. As we work toward stabilizing the climate, there is no technology that can sequester carbon at the scale of maturing and ancient forests. Yet less than 10% of Oregon’s old-growth forest remains.

The Spring Creek Project, in partnership with the conservation nonprofit Oregon Wild, is inviting a writer to spend a year exploring, researching, and telling the story of these sacred and sacrificed forests.

This opportunity comes with a $3,000 honorarium and up to four weeks in residence at Shotpouch Cabin in the Oregon Coast Range. Applications due by April 1.

writers will have full creative and editorial freedom during the fellowship and will retain the rights to all their work. The Spring Creek Project and Oregon Wild may invite the writer to share their work or excerpts with a public audience.

Funding and Residency Terms

The Fellow will receive a $3,000 honorarium at the beginning of their fellowship.

The Fellow will participate in quarterly Zoom check-ins with Spring Creek Project and Oregon Wild, complete two to four weeks in residence at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek, and participate in an in-person or virtual event at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Genres Accepted

All creative writers are welcome to apply, including writers of fiction, speculative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, long-form journalism, and graphic narrative.

Strategic Intentions

Our intentions are to support a writer who is committed to telling compelling stories to new audiences or in new ways about the critical issue of forest conservation in Oregon and its impact on the climate emergency. The teams at Spring Creek Project and Oregon Wild will develop a collaborative, supportive relationship with the Fellow over the course of the year.

Application Deadline and Selection

Applications are due by April 1, 2023. Applications, including a Letter of Interest and Project Proposal, will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The Fellow will be selected by April 26, 2023.

There is no cost to apply to this opportunity.

website: The 2023 Environmental Writing Fellowship and Residency: Oregon’s Climate Forests | Spring Creek Project, Residency Programs, Shotpouch Cabin | College of Liberal Arts | Oregon State University

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