Creative Writing

Visiting Creative Writer’s Residency


The Inaugural Heller Visiting Creative Writer's Residency in Colorado Springs is open for application!

The 2023 Visiting Creative Writer will receive an honorarium and travel compensation, as well as room and board.
The dates for the Residency are slated for November 5-12. Complete the application here.

Additional Information

Writers of all genres are welcome to apply! Please include a writing sample of no more than 500 words as part of your application in addition to your CV or a description of your writing experience(s). We seek to highlight the richness of experience that comes from engaging diverse perspectives, so writers of marginalized backgrounds, including women and veterans, as well as people from disability, Black, Indigenous, Asian, and/or Latine communities are especially encouraged. Primary selection criteria include writing sample and writing/publishing/teaching experience(s); secondary criteria include writer's location and identity. Selection announcement will go out on Friday, August 18, 2023.

Facilities and Grounds

The Heller Center sits on 34-acres of pristine Colorado landscape. The Pueblo-Revival style Guest House provides access to WiFi, good cell phone reception, kitchen, bathroom, as well as individual and communal workspaces.

Both the Guest and Main Houses will serve as tranquil location for a week-long experience of writing, teaching opportunities, and public readings.




Please complete the application form linked below, and contact Dr. Catherine Grandorff at with any
questions regarding the Visiting Creative Writer's Residency. Complete the application here.