IAS Writing/Creation Workshops


Writing/Creation Workshops are offered twice a year in the Fall and Spring quarters. Applications for the Fall workshop are accepted in the beginning of the preceding Spring Quarter. Applications for the Spring workshop are accepted in the beginning of the preceding Fall quarter.

The deadline for Autumn 2019 Workshops (tentatively Thurs, Nov 14-Sun, Nov 17) is May 15, 2019.

Submit your application via this link.


IAS Writing/Creation Workshops offer 6-8 IAS faculty and/or staff dedicated time and space for work on independent or collaborative research projects at the UW’s Whiteley Center, a retreat for scholarly and creative activity, at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.

Participants leave from UWB on a Thursday afternoon ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor together. The ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor offers a chance to socialize and get to know one another. Friday and Saturday are both writing/creating days. Participants should have dinner together on either Friday or Saturday evening at a local restaurant. The rest of the meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners) are self-catered. Sunday morning is the last writing time, possibly rounded off with lunch together in downtown Friday Harbor. The group departs on an afternoon ferry for Anacortes and then home.


These workshops are intended to:

  • Offer individuals and/or groups dedicated time and space for independent research/projects.
  • Promote informal collegial exchange and sharing

Grant provision

IAS covers the costs of shared transportation (e.g. a UW van and gas), meals (per diem costs apply), and accommodations at the Whiteley Center (in two-person cottages with separate bedrooms, a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room. Visitors can work in their cottages or make use of the central lounge in the main Study Building.).

Annual allocation for all Writing/Creation Workshops = $6000.

Application process

Proposals of ~250 words are completed online and consist of (1) a set of logistical questions about your rank/status, availability, and accommodations preferences, and (2) a summary of work to be engaged at the workshop and opportunities for engagement with colleagues.  


IAS faculty and staff at all ranks. Former participants may reapply.

Criteria for Selection

Selection will be mindful of:

  • Providing opportunities to new (over recent) participants
  • Maximizing development opportunities for those at junior, full-time promotable ranks
  • Constituting a diverse group in terms of rank/status otherwise
  • Accommodating rooming preferences
  • Availability of participants