Writers, Artists, Musicians Residencies


Twisted Run Retreat supports the arts. The quiet atmosphere, comfortable living accommodations, and natural beauty nurture writers, artists, and musicians.

Residencies for writers, artists, and musicians are available year round. Residencies are six night stays, Sunday-Saturday. Please contact me at info@twistedrunretreat.com for availability.

Oliver House can house two people, providing a private room and bath for each. If you prefer, you can reserve the entire cabin, again at an affordable rate.

Welty and Bishop cabins can accommodate 1 person each.

Visual Artists are welcome to apply and can use Woolf Pavilion to work out of the elements.

Dancers have access to Woolf Pavilion, which has fans, space heaters, and a finished floor.

In-kind services – performances and public workshops – are welcome in lieu of payment.


  • Phone conversation
  • Resume
  • List of publications, shows, grants, awards (if available)
  • Two references familiar with your work
  • Links to online work samples

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

  • Welty/Bishop Cabins: $374.50 (w/tax)
  • Oliver House:
    • Whole House – $535 (includes tax)
    • Shared Rate – $290 per person (includes tax)

All residencies require full payment two weeks before arrival. This payment is non-refundable unless Twisted Run Retreat cannot provide the agreed upon accommodations.

Residencies run from Sunday to Saturday.

As a writer, I know the value of working in a supportive space. Come to Twisted Run Retreat to nurture your project.

Call Twisted Run Retreat at 228.238.0739, or email info@twistedrunretreat.com for special rates.

What Others Are Saying


“I got up early every morning, made coffee, and settled into a day’s work on the porch…I entered the proverbial zone…Lunch break. Walk trails. Then back at it until I hit my daily word count, which I did every day. Catch a little rest as late afternoon thunderstorms drummed the metal roof of my cabin…I fell into a rhythm at Twisted Run and knocked out the first third of a novel, the most productive stretch of writing I’ve ever had.”

Adam L.

“There is a quiet to Twisted Run, a sense that the rest of the world is several stops away. It was easy to be undisturbed….Southern Mississippi is all pine forest and sand, and the Twisted Run setting against Bluff Creek was lovely. A dock on the creek made a great place for changing locations and watching the occasional boater go by. I’d recommend this space for writers…”

April A.

John T Edge Biography

At the University of Mississippi in Oxford, John T Edge directs the Mississippi Lab and serves the Southern Foodways Alliance as founding director. A distinguished visiting professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, he teaches in their low-residency MFA program in narrative nonfiction.

Edge hosts the television show TrueSouth, which airs on the SEC Network and ESPN. A longtime columnist for Garden & Gun, Edge wrote the “United Tastes” column for the New York Times for three years and served the Oxford American as a columnist for twenty-two years.

Twice winner of the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation, he is author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Publisher‘s Weekly, and a host of others. Now in paperback, Nashville selected the book as a citywide read for 2018.

Edge holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Elected to the Georgia Writer’s Hall of Fame in 2019, Edge received an honorary doctorate from Centenary College of Louisiana that same year. Edge lives in Oxford with his wife Blair Hobbs, a painter, poet, and teacher.

Acclaim for Edge:
“Is “The Potlikker Papers” a history of the South by way of food stories, or a story about Southern food by way of our history? By the time you come to the end of this rigorous volume, you’ll know that the two are indivisible. Edge has long shaped the conversation about food not only in this region but across the country through his pulpit as director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Potlikker Papers is his defining contribution to that conversation.” — Wyatt Williams, Atlanta Journal-Constitution