We are pleased to announce a new benefit for our members—

the Straw Dog Writers Guild Writing Residencies 

at Patchwork Farm Retreat.

A Straw Dog Writing Residency will include 6 days, 5 nights, Sunday at 3:00 pm through Friday noon, in one of the lovely, unique places at Patchwork Farm Retreat in Westhampton, MA. Residencies will be self-guided and residents will provide their own meals, with access to cooking facilities.

The cost of accommodations will be covered by a grant from a generous Straw Dog member.

We have granted 5 Straw Dog Members Residencies for Fall 2017.
we won’t be looking at applications for the writing residency again until January 1st, 2018.

To apply for a residency: 

you must reside in one of the four western counties of Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin & Berkshire), be a dues-paying member of Straw Dog Writers Guild (you may join at the time of application for residency), and be working on a substantial writing project.

Application by email to Straw Dog Writers Guild, (jac.sheehan@comcast.net), to include:

–  a brief description (no more than two paragraphs) of your writing project in any genre: poetry, fiction, memoir, literary non-fiction, essays, dramatic writing, songwriting, journalism, etc.;

–  writing sample: 3-5 poems or 5-10 pages of prose, double-spaced;

–  how it would benefit you to receive a full scholarship residency at Patchwork Farm Retreat.


Residencies are awarded on the basis of merit and the extent to which it seems that the person will benefit from the residency.

A small group of Straw Dog members, including the director of Patchwork Farm Retreat, Patricia Lee Lewis, will welcome applications beginning July 1, with residencies to be scheduled beginning September 1, no more than one per month.



We have received a generous grant from a member of Straw Dog to inaugurate this program by funding up to 10 residencies. You too can support a writer in this new offering by underwriting a scholarship! 

Please visit our  “Fund Drive” page