Residency Details

Call for Artists, Writers, and Composers – 2021, 2022 Information

Call is now open for writers and composers/songwriters. Please read the information below then select the apply now button below to begin your application.

Application deadline is February 17, 2021. We will limit the number of applications for the writer residencies to 40 applicants, so we may close the application period early.


The following residency time slots will be offered in the January 1, 2021 call for writers and composers.

  • September 22 – October 6, 2021, Writer residency partnered with Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
  • November 3 – 21, 2021,  Songwriter/Composer residency partnered with Springfed Arts – Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters and Big Water Creative Arts (2-week residency with flexible dates between Nov. 3, 2021 and November 21, 2021)
  • January 14 – 28, 2022,  Writer residency
  • February 4 – 18, 2022,  Writer residency
  • March 11 – 25, 2022,  Writer residency

The next open call for visual artists will start in mid November 2021 for available residency time slots in the spring and summer of 2022.  For the summer of 2021, we are rebooking residencies for selected artists that chose to do so.  We have one designated residency time slot for the artist that is selected through the Elevating Diverse Voices – Curated Residency in partnership with Juana Williams.  The two remaining spring/summer 2021 visual artist residency time slots will be filled by invitation.  Consideration will be given to candidates that have previously applied to our program. 

Time Line for 2021 open call:

Application deadline February 17, 2021 (open call for writers will close once we have received 40 applicants)

Juror review period – February 18 – March 17, 2021

Notification of selected candidates – March 29 – April 2, 2021

Residency includes:

  • A one- week, or two-week ,or three-week residency stay depending on the program selected.  Most residency time slots are two weeks long.
  • Use of the 1,150 sqft residence and a 24×14 detached studio(for visual artists).  Housekeeping services are not provided and the resident is asked to leave the residence and studio space clean and in good order.
  • Food is provided.  The residence has a fully stocked and well equipped kitchen for the resident to prepare meals.  We provide homemade baked goods and jams,  locally sourced ingredients, and seasonal vegetables from the host’s garden when available.
  • $500.00 stipend



Benefits to the Artist/Writer/Composer:

  • Solitary time for work
  • Time for reflection and recharging creative energy
  • Time to enjoy nature, and time away from your normal routine
  • The opportunity to connect with the local community through events or workshops, in collaboration with the partnering organizations
  • Attendance for one writer during Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Requirements of the Artist/Writer/Composer:

  • Must be over 21
  • Need to have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field and pursuing art, writing, or composing as a professional career or if self-taught have pursued art, writing, or composing as a professional career
  • Please review our Inclusion and Diversity and Partnership information
  • Completion of a competitive application process
  • Collaborating artists may apply and be accepted as collaborating artists who share studio space and housing.  Each must submit an application.
  • Artist’s and writer’s and composer’s applications will be considered based on their work submitted, their interest in the program, and the proposed collaboration with a partnering organization.
  • Selected artists/writers/composer will correspond with the Good Hart Artist Residency staff and nonprofit partners about logistics and arrangements.
  • Good Hart Artist Residency alumni are allowed to re-apply after a three-year hiatus from the program. Alumni seeking residency must submit a complete application including recent work samples and current resume.

Your application must include:

  • Preference for dates of residency
  • Resume including related experience and website information
  • Statement of intent including a one or two paragraph project description outlining your purpose for the residency
  • Two references including contact information
  • Application fee of $25 dollars U.S. Please contact us if you are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic to request an application fee waiver.
  • Provide a brief summary of a proposed community event or workshop you would offer during your residency.  Please review the partner’s page carefully regarding the type of collaboration the partner is looking for with an artist, writer, or composer. Connecting with the local community is an important part of our program. Once a candidate is selected they will work with the Good Hart Artist Residency and a nonprofit partner to better define a community event that works for all parties.
  • Visual artists shall submit images of 6-9 examples of artwork, images should include, title, medium and creation date for each work submitted.
  • Writers must be currently working on a project.  Writers shall submit three to five pages of a work in progress and an excerpt of no more than ten pages of a completed work.  Samples of previously published work must include a link to the published work or information for accessing the published work.  Projects may be in poetry, short stories, novels, essays, plays, screenplays, and/or creative nonfiction.  Writing submissions must be in English, and easily accessible without fee by the jurors.
  • Composers shall submit three digital samples of your music, a live performance video (if you are a performing songwriter/composer), and links to online content.


Both the residence and the studio space have been designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind.  Please contact Bill Klco, Director of Operations regarding details of our accessibility plan.


Residents are housed at 910 N. Lamkin Rd in Good Hart, Michigan.  The house is a one-bedroom contemporary space with beach access to Lake Michigan a short walk away.

  • Main floor master bedroom with queen size bed, dressers and a desk
  • Main floor full bath with roll in shower.
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Washer and dryer on the main floor, laundry soap provided
  • Main floor living room with a futon(double bed size)
  • Concrete floors on the main floor with in-floor heating (bring slippers or house shoes)
  • Open upstairs loft with a reading area and queen size sleeper sofa
  • Half bath in the loft
  • Covered porch entry with ramped access and graspable handrail
  • Patio with small grill
  • Outdoor fire pit and outdoor furniture
  • Linens provided
  • Radio
  • No television
  • Cell phone service is limited. 
  • Internet access is provided.

Studio Space

  • Approximately  14 by 24-foot studio space, a 10 by 10-foot outdoor covered porch, 9 by 8-foot studio hydraulic lift door, workbench with basic tools, bathroom/storage area
  • Natural and track lighting
  • Worktables
  • Easels including a travel/field easel
  • Basic miscellaneous art supplies, drop cloth, mineral spirits, rags, waste disposal
  • Studio is available for resident use May – October

Note: All other painting/art supplies to be provided by the artist and should be mailed well in advance of the residency. Local shopping for art supplies is limited. Mail supplies to 1159 N. Lamkin Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740


  • Residents need to arrange their own transportation to and from Northern Michigan
  • A bike will be made available to the resident.
  • The resident will be housed within walking distance of Lake Michigan beaches, a nature preserve and the small community of Good Hart.

If you have questions about the Good Hart Artist in Residency Program please email