​Testaments by Resident Artists

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Mailing address: P.O. Box 6, Temecula, CA 92593  ~  Physical Address: 36701 Highway 79 South, Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 302-3837 ~ www.dorlandartscolony.org ~ info@dorlandartscolony.org
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"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)

Single bedroom cottages are complete with WiFi, window AC, good cell phone reception, fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom, workroom (some cottages have a wood-burning stove) and a covered porch with magnificent mountain, canyon and Temecula Valley views. One cottage includes a Steinway baby grand piano. Hiking trails wind through the property.

Application Process

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 three months, based on requests and availability. Residency fees are $300 per week and $1,000 per four week period. Applications are reviewed monthly.

If interested in a residency, please send us an email regarding date availability. To apply, see the Residency Application Guidelines and Residency Application below.  The completed application and requested information may be sent by mail or email. The application fee may be mailed by check or paid through Paypal below.


The Residency Program offers secluded working retreats  for artists, writers, musicians, and composers.  Private cottages provide studio and living facilities within a wilderness environment.