Sundress Academy for the Arts Now Accepting Fall 2021 Writers Coop Residency Applications

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is now accepting applications for short-term writing residencies in all genres—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, journalism, academic writing, and more—for our fall residency period. These residencies are designed to give artists time and space to complete their creative projects in a quiet and productive environment. Open dates for this period are as follows: 

  • September 20th-26th 
  • December 20th-26th

Residents will stay at the SAFTA farmhouse, located on a working farm on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. The farmhouse is also just a half-hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city that is home to a thriving artistic community. SAFTA is ideal for writers looking for a rural retreat with urban amenities. 

The SAFTA Writers Coop is a 10×10′ dry cabin approximately a fourth of a mile from the SAFTA farmhouse. This tiny house is furnished with a twin bed, a desk, a wood-burning stove, a deck that looks over the pasture and pond, as well as a personal detached outhouse. While the cabin has neither electricity nor running water, residents will have full access to the amenities at farmhouse as well as solitude from other residents to write in the rolling hills of East Tennessee. Cost for the residency is $150/week. Application fees for the Writers Coop are waived.


The application deadline for these dates for the fall residency period is rolling. Find out more about the application process at www.sundressacademyforthearts.com.

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