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Rockers on a shady porch
Welcome to Eureka Springs sign

The residency application is relatively simple, and once submitted, residents are juried into the Colony for either subsidized general residency or a Fellowship-funded stay. Writers and artists spend anywhere from one week to three months at Dairy Hollow.

In the privacy of separate, individual writing suites with bedroom, private bath, writing area, WiFi, a/c, mini-fridges and coffee makers, and with all meals provided, our residents write, and write, and write!

When they just can't stare at the printed page any longer, there are trails everywhere and beautiful walks through our historic districts beckon. Downtown is full of small shops and restaurants - no chain stores or restaurants! - to help distract and restore visitors.

Weather is perfect in the spring and fall while summers can get fairly warm. Dairy Hollow is open year-round, and winter is a very quiet, serene time to visit. As a nonprofit supporting the literary arts, we are able to offer a subsidized rate of $95 per night with a one-time $25 cleaning fee. This rate includes food for meals as well as weeknight dinners prepared by our chef.

But no matter what season, for writers who join us to craft and compose their work, Colony time is magical. So click on the application button below and get started on your way to a residency at WCDH!


Not sure if The Writers’ Colony is right for you? Do you have questions regarding inclusivity or safety and would like to speak to someone from a similar background who has stayed with us?


For many writers, coming to Eureka Springs, Arkansas is no small thing. We’d love to connect you with alumni from a similar background to ensure you are confident and comfortable with coming to stay and write with us. Please reach out to us at with any concerns you have, and we’ll see how we can help!  

Writing workshop participant Dorothy Johnson at WCDH
Pat Laster, Talya Boerner and Tom Sweeney dressed for Halloween at WCDHr Halloween at WCDH
Leslee Becker and Barb Eikmeier in residence at WCDH.

"The full impact of a stay at the Writers' Colony is hard to measure in immediate terms - for writers, everything is an influence. My stay at Dairy Hollow will appear in different forms throughout my career as a writer."

–   Nikki Kallio, writer / photographer

"Time spent at WCDH restores me. Where else can you catch that creative wave when it comes and write as long as you want. So inspiring, I dedicated my recent book and used my suite as a setting."

–   Lonnie Whitaker, attorney / writer

Questions? Contact us at

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