Feathered Ink Women’s Writers Retreat, a pending nonprofit organization, encourages emerging writers, established writers, students in degree programs and storytellers from all backgrounds and demographics to apply for its first residency fellowship retreat.

Feathered Ink is a three-season women’s writing retreat located on the Schoodic peninsula, where diverse female writers from all walks of life are encouraged to find inspiration, time to reflect and space to create in a nurturing, safe community they can claim as their own.

Residency fellowships consist of one of the following: a long weekend (four days); one week; or two weeks. In addition, there will be one month-long residency fellowship awarded each calendar year. Fellowships are awarded in March-April, May-July and September-November. The call for applications for the first retreat — July 12 through 15 — is open now. Applications must be received by March 31.

The retreat cottages can accommodate up to six writers, with a private rooms and shared studio space. A library, common dining room, full kitchen and common gathering room, as well as an expansive deck overlooking the back meadow, are all available for writers to use. And the ocean, the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park and downtown Winter Harbor, with an arts center, shops and restaurants, are all within a short walk. Residents are free to roam on the land surrounding the cottage. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Feathered Ink accepts applications from female writers older than age 18 who are working in any genre of writing. There are no fees to attend a residency at Feathered Ink beyond the initial application fee of $30. Residencies will be awarded by the Admissions Committee comprising a revolving group of distinguished writers who serve anonymously for one to two years.

The sole criteria for acceptance is based on a writing sample and a writer’s statement. Samples are: prose, up to 3,000 words; poetry, up to three poems, no more than 8 pages total; and plays, up to eight pages. Oral storytellers are encouraged to apply. Submissions should include a 3- to 5-minute minute oration as an audio attachment instead of a writing sample. A writer’s statement is still required, but may be submitted in either written or audio form (no video).

The written writer’s statement must have two to three pages that tell the admissions committee who you are as a writer. What drives your writing? What influences your work. What forms, structure, and techniques are important to you? What are you currently working on and why? What future dreams/plans do you have for your words? How will a residency help you achieve your goals?

For complete details and information about writing samples and writer’s statement, visit featheredink.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.