Using Colonyhouse

As a member of Oregon Writers Colony, you may reserve Colonyhouse for your own writing retreats. The house sleeps up to eight persons in four bedrooms (two full baths), so you may bring your critique group, or share it with just one or two others.

Colonyhouse Events

As a member, you’ll also be invited to the annual Founders Day celebration, which usually features an open house, lunch, informal discussions on the art, craft, and business of writing, and time to make new friends and catch up with long-term ones. It’s a great way to get a look at the house if you’re not sure about reserving it for a weekend. Founder’s Day happens in August. Other opportunities to use the house come in the form of Writers Weeks or Weekends, Writer in the House events, and other workshops happening in Colonyhouse.

Private Reservations

To reserve the house for your writing group, send your request to Marlene Howard by email or through postal mail (P.O. Box 15200, Portland, OR 97293-5200). She will provide a reservation form, which you return to OWC with a $50 deposit. (Telephone reservations are not accepted.)


Full payment to OWC is required 21 days prior to the reserved dates. On receipt of the balance, the house key will be sent to you by mail with instructions for opening and closing the house. The $50 deposit is nonrefundable, but may be transferred if the cancellation is received 21 days before the reserved date. OWC does not accept Paypal payments for house use. Send checks or money orders only. Reserve Colonyhouse by contacting Marlene Howard. She’ll also be happy to answer any questions you might have about rates or logistics.