The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow

Write place. Write time.

Eureka Springs, AR   |  www.writerscolony.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists, without discrimination. The WCDH will foster an environment that allows writers to work, interact with the wider community, stimulate new thinking, and energize creative expression.

Ruling year info

1999

President of the Board

Peggy Kjelgaard

Main address

515 SPRING ST

Eureka Springs, AR 72632 USA

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EIN

73-1547467

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Literature has the power to educate, inform, heal, and entertain, but we rarely consider the effort required to produce it. The creative process of writing requires dedicated writing time, isolation, and intense focus. This is true for writers of all genres; poetry, fiction, non-fiction, educational, technical, medical, musical, theatrical, and culinary writing. It applies to writers of all backgrounds, demographics, and levels of experience. The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow provides uninterrupted residency time and opportunities for writers to hone their craft and reach a larger audience. We foster a supportive environment to build community among writers, stimulate new thinking, energize creative expression, and optimize productivity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Writers' residency retreat

We offer 8 private suites providing uninterrupted writing time in a peaceful setting, away from distractions. All meals are provided, including communal weeknight dinners. These allow time away from the isolation of writing for networking, idea-sharing, support, and rapport. We offer residencies at an affordable, subsidized rate.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Free public program offered monthly, Poetluck features a potluck dinner followed by readings by our writers in residence followed by the general public.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Adults

Offering 5-10 workshops per year in a wide variety of literary topics (e.g. poetry, fiction, humor, screenwriting, memoir, self publishing). Workshops range from one-day to three-days. Visit https://www.writerscolony.org/events for current offerings.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Adults

An opportunity for the public to meet WCDH fellowship recipients and hear them read from their work. These events are fee and refreshments are served.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow is available to writers' groups, book clubs, and college or high school writing groups for retreats.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of awarded residencies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Writers' residency retreat

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Occupancy rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Writers' residency retreat

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of room nights occupied versus 2,920 available annually . In 2020, WCDH was closed for 62 nights because of COVID-19. 2020 residency rate is based on 2,920 room nights.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Literary Workshops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, 25 planned events were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Poetluck

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Increase in 2020 participants is the result of monthly Poetluck readings converting to virtual due to COVID thus attracting readers and participants from across the country.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) offers residencies, support, and opportunities to writers of all genres, backgrounds, and level of experience without discrimination. A residency at WCDH provides each writer with a quiet, comfortable, writing suite away from the distractions of home, work, family, and life, allowing the writer to focus on their work. We provide space for writers’ group and book club meetings and retreats, book launches and signings, literary readings, and workshops. We partner with other non-profit and business organizations on creative and literary programming. We promote our writers on social media, through monthly virtual readings, our podcast series, “Write Now at the Writers’ Colony,” and our online literary magazine, “eMerge.”

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow provides the following.
• Affordability – due to the generous support of our donors, suites are provided at a subsidized rate. Merit-based fellowships and needs-based scholarships are available annually.
• Flexibility – residencies may be 1 week to 3 months.
• We offer a simple application/acceptance process.
• Our warm hospitality includes incredible food to nurture the creative process.
• WCDH is located in a beautiful, serene setting in walking distance to a charming, arts-focused town offering many options for down time R&R and inspiration.
• Community involvement and writer outreach opportunities are available.
• Controlled isolation or fellowship with other writers to suit each writer’s personal preference.
• WCDH is the only writers’ colony in the US with a dedicated culinary suite to accommodate cookbook writers.

WCDH is housed in two adjacent, well-kept buildings in a wooded setting a picturesque, level, 15-minute walk from downtown Eureka Springs. Providing refreshed, comfortable, and inspiring surroundings while our writers are in residence is imperative to our mission. This supportive atmosphere allows them to be productive, interact with the wider community, stimulate new thinking, and energize creative expression. To that end we are in the process of renovating or refreshing each of our eight writers’ suites.

We have a small, dedicated staff who understand the importance of giving the writers-in-residence space, while also consistently providing warmth and support. Our board of directors is actively engaged. They provide direction, assistance with operations and management, and significant financial support.

The WCDH has been providing residencies to writers for 20 years, hosting more than 1,200 writers from 48 states and 12 countries. These alumni are our most valuable resource, supporting us financially through charitable giving and repeated residencies, serving as readers for our fellowships, hosting at Poetluck and other WCDH events, and recommending WCDH to their peers.

Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, WCDH has hosted over 1,600 writers from 48 states and 13 countries. These writers, both accomplished and novice, working in a wide array of genres, have left a lasting impact on the literary world, however, we have room for improvement.

WCDH held a Strategic Planning session on February 27, 2019 with a follow up session on February 26, 2020. These sessions reviewed critical success factors: a passionate, well-informed board of directors; knowledgeable, dedicated staff; sustainable funding; and a strong strategy for growth. This strategy includes a shared culture by board and staff; organization apparatus for administration and service delivery; policies and practices for board, staff, and volunteers; and an economic business model.

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, WCDH is raising $300,000 over three years. This funding will be used to expand outreach through fellowships and scholarships, improve marketing efforts, update our writers’ suites, and improve our facilities so we can continue to provide a supportive atmosphere for our writers-in-residence.

WCDH shut down for two months in spring 2020 while we reimagined our programming and developed strict COVID protocols to keep our writers-in-residence and our staff safe.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Writers are asked to complete evaluations after each residency. These evaluations significantly influenced our recent 20th-anniversary suite updates. For example, we included adjustable lighting with USB charging ports bedside and on the desk. Each suite now has a comfortable reading chair. Old mini-fridges were replaced with quieter models. In addition, a workspace with computer and printer access are now available in the office.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow

Board of directors
as of 2/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peggy Kjelgaard

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow

Term: 2018 -

Elise Roenigk

Woody Barlow

Allyn Lord

K.J. Zumwalt

Sharon Spurlin

William Bernhardt

Charles Templeton

Garbo Hearne

Teresa DeVito

John Michael Scurio

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/04/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/08/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.