Kindling Words is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We are careful to keep the costs in balance with our expenses. The tuition for the week at KWW is $430.
As always, if finances are keeping you from coming, there are a limited number of tuition scholarships available. (And if you can donate to the fund, your gift allows a colleague to come just when they might need it most!)
Kindling Words West is a full 7-day week, held each year in April. Tuition is kept to a minimum, $430. We are lucky to be hosted by Whidbey Island Institute, who is renowned for putting on tremendous programs for groups like ours. Their food alone will change our lives!
WHIDBEY ISLAND INSTITUTE
is a home for transformational learning. On a 106-acre forested campus, the Institute’s inspired architecture opens the indoors to the outdoors and invites rich contemplation.
Cabins and Cottages
The accommodations at the Institute are evolving, with the rich heritage of the retreat’s history. Some rooms are in one of two comfy, rustic cottages, complete with living rooms and kitchens. There is also a ring of tiny cabins, most of which are newer, with a fresh, Scandinavian design. Bathrooms are shared either a short walk away, or adjoining two rooms. The “vintage” rooms (the cabins and older cottages) are priced lower than these newest rooms.
ALL INCLUSIVE COSTS
The lodging cost below includes all room, board and taxes. If you would like to share a double room, please sign up with a Kindling Words Eligible friend, or ask for a roommate. There are many places throughout the campus where we can retreat and work, so working in our rooms is not as essential.
All rooms single or double, share a bath. If you require an en-suite bath, there is a gorgeous local hotel, The Inn at Langley, where you can stay and still participate in all the retreat activities. If you are interested in this, please check in with our registrar for the board-only rate.
Meadow Cabins are new, built in a ring among the tall pines. They either have an adjacent bath, or share a nearby bathhouse.
Vintage Cabins and Cottages are more rustic. The cabins share the bathhouse (slightly further than the Meadow cabins) and the cottages have bathrooms on each floor.
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Here is how Kindling Words West works.
Kindling Words is open only to authors, illustrators and editors working with a traditional children’s book publisher. If you meet this eligibility requirement, you may sign up.
There is no lottery for KWW. It is first-come, first-admitted.
Registration opens for KWW on October 1st and remains open until October 15th, when we will make the rooming assignments. If there are any slots left that point, we will make them available. We will keep a waiting list when all spots are filled.
We will send out a reminder notice in advance. If you are not on the Kindling Words email list, and would like to be, please sign up HERE [Greg – add link to email sign-up page]
KW West Sign-Up
Sign-Up for Kindling Words West
We will notify you ASAP to let you know of your status (in, or on the wait list.)
Kindling Words West Payment Schedule
$415 non-refundable deposit with registration (plus PayPal fee)
If you would rather pay by check, please contact the registrar at KWW@kindlingwords.org.
WHIDBEY ISLAND INSTITUTE:
After all the rooming assignments are made, we will give you the information to register with Whidbey Island. You may pay your room/board fees either all at once, or in two separate payments. Tuition is due with registration. The first Whidbey payment will be on November 1st, and the second, if you choose to do two, will be due on the first of February.
*Note: Please send all questions and/or correspondence about KW West to: KWW@KindlingWords.org
The KW tuition is non-refundable, but both tuition and room/board fees can be transferred to a person on the wait list, or if there is no wait-list, to the next eligible person who signs up.
Travel and Transportation
We recommend that you book your flight into Seattle. There is a convenient Whidbey Island SEATAC shuttle that will bring you directly from the airport to a few minutes from the Institute, where someone can pick you up.