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  • Backcountry Oregon retreat fosters creativity

    Dutch Henry Homestead gives authors time away to answer the call of their muse, all for an hour of light maintenance on the property daily
  • Retreats are a time-honored tradition for writers — a chance to escape the pressures and distractions of everyday life and focus on their craft.
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  • Retreats are a time-honored tradition for writers — a chance to escape the pressures and distractions of everyday life and focus on their craft.
    Many of the writers residencies offered around the country occur in rural or secluded settings, but few provide a true wilderness experience.
    Since 1994, the PEN/Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency has awarded writers a unique prize: the opportunity to spend seven months as a caretaker of a remote backcountry homestead. In exchange for an hour of light maintenance on the property each day, residents get a small stipend, a quiet spot to live and work, and the experience of long periods of true solitude.
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