The Maribar Writers Colony on Cricket Hill is a tranquil retreat for writers living and working in urban areas to finish or complete substantial work on an existing project. Located in a 18th- and 19th-Century farmhouse on Milford Haven just off the Chesapeake Bay in the rural Tidewater region of Virginia, the colony in 2015 will accommodate six writers for ten days in October. Each writer will have her or his own private bedroom and writing space and share a communal dining room, living room, kitchen, and two porches. The historic three-acre property, 70 miles east of Richmond, features fruit trees, a barn, a pier off of which residents can swim or fish, and bonfires over which s'mores and beer tend to happen. The $550 cost of the residency includes multiple communal meals as well as stocked pantries and a fridge to be used according to residents’ needs in a fully-equipped kitchen. Should writers prefer to stay completely to themselves and never leave their writing space, meals may be brought to them. This is an all-needs-met colony; all residents need do is write. Trips to nearby Gwynn’s Island and the town of Mathews, whose Memorial Library was the winner of the 2005 National Award for Library Service, however, are optional for residents, and the residency will end with a public reading co-hosted by a local cultural institution. Residents may bring pet dogs so long as those dogs are appropriately awesome.