"Ironically, at times writing itself is the least important thing in a writer's life. Though I wrote very little during my year at Dorland, it was one of the most essential years in my creative life. Having failed in New York with two novels and two agents, I arrived at Dorland flat broke and in crisis. It is solely because of Dorland that I ultimately chose to continue writing despite no encouragement from the outside world. It was the place itself, the people I met during my time there, that restored my faith in the written word and more specifically, my ability to use it. In the years since, I have gone on to publish books that changed my life. I truly doubt, whether without my time at Dorland, any of them would have been written."
- Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones,
American Booksellers Association Book of the Year (2003)
"Dorland has been a place of deep inspiration for me for almost three decades, and it remains so as it moves forward 10 years after the devastating fire. My stays at Dorland are a chance to quiet the chatter of the outside world and focus on my own thoughts. This allows me time to concentrate on my writing, while I get to reconnect with the wonderful landscape, beautiful light, and animal life of the mountains and canyons. It's a place to think, make art, and re-inhabit your better self."
- Tony Eprile, author of The Persistence of Memory,
New York Times Notable Book of the Year (2004)
The Residency Program offers secluded working retreats for artists, writers, musicians, and composers. Private cottages provide studio and living facilities within a wilderness environment.
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Facilities and Grounds
Individual cottages are complete with WiFi, window AC, good cell phone reception, kitchen, bathroom, workspace, and a covered porch with magnificent mountain, canyon and Temecula Valley views. One cottage includes a Steinway baby grand piano and another has a Kimball baby grand.
The Community Arts Center provides a library with Dorland works and a large writing desk with a typewriter, a meeting room, and a studio room for visual artists.
The extensive grounds feature a reflecting pond, a small lake with rowboat, and hiking trails wind through the property.
Dorland invites residency requests from visual, literary (or other writing) and composing or performing artists. Residency stays may be as short as one week or as long as two months, based on requests and availability. Residency fees are $325-$625 per week with discounts for residencies of four or more weeks.
If interested in a residency, you may make a reservation while you are applying. See our Cottage Availability page for possible availability & individual Cottage fees and then email your three choices of residency periods. Or, fill out the application online with your preferred arrival and departure dates.
Please note: Availability of dates for residencies changes constantly and dates often fill quickly.
Candidates for residency are reviewed in order of Dorland's receipt of the completed applications. The review process usually takes 1-2 weeks from the time all materials including reference letters are received. If the candidate is approved by the review board, a contract and request for deposit will be sent. The return of such will secure the dates of residency.
All application materials must be sent at the same time. Reference letters may be sent before or after (but if possible, within the week application materials are sent.)
Please ask your references to send their letters by email (with your name in the subject line,) within the body of the email, as an attachment in PDF format or by mail.
To apply, see the Residency Information and Guidelines and Residency Application and Instructions below. The application fee may be paid below or on the Application page.
Testaments by Resident Artists
Pay $40 Application Fee
Mailing address: P.O. Box 6, Temecula, CA 92593 ~ Physical Address: 36701 Highway 79 South, Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 302-3837 ~ www.dorlandartscolony.org ~ email@example.com
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