2016 – We kick off the year with our second annual Screenwriters Fellowship and “micro-residency”

MARCH 2nd – 6th, 2016 Screenwriters Fellowship for Adaptation – in conjunction with the Sun Valley Film Festival!

This fellowship is awarded to a screenwriter working in the adaptation of a story, novel, or nonfiction narrative.The winning screenwriter will be our guest at the Sun Valley Film Festival, the country’s fastest growing (and possibly most beautifully-situated) film festival.  As a Silver Creek Writers Residency fellow, you will receive a VIP pass to the Sun Valley Film Festival, accommodations in historic Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho, access to the film labs, and the opportunity for direct mentorship and manuscript critique from an accomplished actor/writer working in adaptation. Oh, and did we mention the parties? See our APPLY page for details!

Sun Valley Film Festival

Sun Valley Film Festival Screenwriters Lab




MARCH 4th – 9th, 2015

Screenwriters’ “microresidency”

Boise-based fillmmaker Cody Gittings will be in residence March 4th – March 9th. Cody’s film, “Smoke,” is adapted from the same-titled story from Alan Heathcock’s acclaimed story collection “Volt.”

JUNE 19th – JULY 20th, 2015 (applications due 5/10/15)

-Silver Creek Fellowship for nature and wilderness writing (nonfiction, prose only)

-Silver Creek Fellowship for Idaho writers (fiction or nonfiction, prose only)

SEPTEMBER 17th – OCTOBER 16th, 2015 (applications due 5/15/15)


Due to a scheduling change for the 2015 Sun Valley Harvest Festival, the 2015 fall fellowship for culinary writing has been replaced with a fellowship for general fiction writing.

-Silver Creek Fellowship for fiction writing (prose only)

-Silver Creek Fellowship for Idaho writers (fiction or nonfiction, prose only)

Applicants must have no more than two books in print, but no prior publication is required.

There is no fee to attend the summer and fall residencies (after nonrefundable $35 application fee), but residents are responsible for their travel expenses and for their meals. Transportation from regional cities (e.g. Boise, Salt Lake) to Ketchum/SV may be arranged for a fee. Each resident will live independently in a house, host home, or residence hall in the Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho area and have private use of the Silver Creek Writers Studio in Ketchum. Lodging spaces have kitchens or kitchenettes.

The summer term fellows will end their stay with access to the renowned Sun Valley Writers Conference. Fellows will be asked to offer a lecture, reading, or workshop in the community depending upon preference or interest.

Themes: The summer nature and wilderness fellowship is for a writer working on a book-length (or long-form/essay collection) project that has the potential to impact the public discourse in either of these subject areas. Submissions are evaluated first for their literary or story-telling aspects, and second for their ability to illuminate the value of any aspect of the natural world or man’s interaction with it, from preservation to outdoor adventure. We prefer evocative narrative over purely scientific explication.

The fall fellowship for ficiton writing is for a writer working on a novel or story collection.

Both summer and fall fellowships for Idaho writers are for Idaho residents (or students) working in any prose genre in any subject.