Is there any better muse than uninterrupted time to work on your craft? I don't think so, unless that uninterrupted time happens to be passing amidst the lush rolling vineyards of a family-run winery. That's the concept behind Writing Between The Vines, a California-based literary arts program that awards week long stays at vineyards for writers of all genres.
The application process is now open for their 2016 retreats, which take place in February and March, and there is a $30 fee per applicant. You can apply as an individual or as a co-resident with a couple of writer pals if you prefer to write during the day and have company in the evenings. There are 12 total spots available at four stellar properties in Texas, British Columbia, and California including the gorgeous Wente Vineyards in Livermore and Moshin Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The application process closes November 5 and a committee of writers, publishers, and editors will make the final award shortly thereafter.
So sharpen your pencils, dust off that manuscript you've been meaning to finish, or start, and get thee to the vines! More information, photos, interviews with former residents, and the application can be found on the website.
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