Cultivating time, space, and community for writers

Till began as a collaboration between Arne Pihl and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke in 2013. The goal is to offer time and space for writers by creating a realistic residency model.

Till is a writers’ residency on the 365 acres of forest and feral meadow of a former dairy along the Stillaguamish River that is Smoke Farm. We have since expanded to include the production of an annual chapbook and Seattle-based writing events.

Till seeks to foster literary exchange and build community among writers through scalable, affordable, and local writing programs. Open to writers of all genre and stages of their career, Till increases access to the literary world through writing practices, feedback forums, workspaces, literary readings, and publication opportunities. By decreasing barriers to the pursuit of a writing practice, Till cultivates a space for diverse voices and an opening where writers can create, inspire, and grow their craft.

A brief history of Till


Till Residency

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Till 2017 will take place June 22–25

A confluence of writers at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA. A long weekend of workshops, wandering, and writing. Smoke Farm is a 365 acre former dairy and pasture on the Stillaguamish River that is reverting to wilderness. This may also be the task of the writer—to allow cultivated syntax to go to seed. To till and harvest in the wilds of language.

Workshops are offered throughout the weekend. Dinners are provided. Words come naturally.

Till Chapbook

Each residency produces the publication of a hand-bound chapbook. Covers are letterpress printed at Abactors’ Hideout, a printing studio at Smoke Farm. Writing is contributed by residents, workshop leaders, and Till staff to create a capsule of the community that can reach and enrich a wider community. The chapbook is released in Seattle in the fall with a free public reading.



Till Tonight

A monthly writing time taking place in Seattle and open to all writers. Till Tonight is a quiet space provided as a generative time for any and all writers so long as they come to write and write anything at all. Typically Till Tonight takes place on the third Tuesdays of the month at Speckled and Drake in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. But we’re flexible, are you?