Support 17 in ’18 Today

by Kate Parrish on November 29th, 2017

As we begin to close out another year at Rivendell, we look ahead to 2018 with both gratitude and enthusiasm. Because of your contributions, Rivendell has been able to welcome more writers than ever this year.
In 2017 we hosted 220 writers-in-residence, workshop attendees, graduate students and readers.

David Arnold and Jeff Zentner kicked off the year with an incredible YA writing workshop, the first of its kind at Rivendell. In March, we welcomed back the Southern Foodways Alliance for their annual food writing workshop weekend. Both spring and fall brought the return of our friends at Parnassus Books and The Porch. Finally, just a couple of weeks ago, Kiese Laymon joined us to lead Rivendell’s first nonfiction writing workshop. We’re still buzzing from that one.But of course, the heart of what we do is offer writers-in-residence a quiet, contemplative space to create. This year we were able to give more scholarships and fellowships than ever before.

And that’s because of you. 

Last year, we asked if you could help fund ten residencies in 2017. You did that and then some. So, in the hopes we can build on that foundation, we’ve upped the ante for 2018.

Will you help us fund 17 residencies in 2018? 
Will you help us meet our goal of $8,500 by the end of 2017? Will you help 17 writers who have never had the chance to experience Rivendell find their way to us?
We understand there are many wonderful causes and organizations to support. We thank you for any contribution you are able to provide. No donation is too small and every donation is tax-deductible.

Here are what just a few of our writers have shared about their time with us:

“While we try to find our words and our stories, Rivendell’s mountains and coves seem to give something of ourselves back to us, like a gift of our soul that has been waiting in these hills and soaring views. We stand above Lost Cove as a flightless bird, on the hallowed ground where Walker Percy resided. We are cracked open to creativity. When it is time for silence, when I know the ache for solitude is calling me, I long for Rivendell.”

— Patti Callahan Henry, novelist

“Rivendell is the only place where writing takes priority over everything else in my life. It’s magical there on the edge of the bluff. I’m with my own thoughts, and I can appreciate them so much more.”
— Anjali Enjeti, novelist, literary critic, and essayist

“The quiet and stillness of Rivendell took me by surprise. This is a place to get work done…”
— Ted Pelton, fiction writer

“I wrote more quality drafts at Rivendell in two weeks than I ever have in that time period as a writer.”
— Adam Vines, poet

“I feel I MUST come back.”
— Jodie Hollander, poet

You can also mail a check to:
Rivendell Writers’ Colony
P.O. Box 3334
Sewanee, TN 37375Checks are payable to Rivendell Writers’ Colony. Designate 17 in ’18 in the memo.Interested in starting a fellowship in your name or someone else’s? Email

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