Is the deadline a postmark or a received-by date?
Answer: The deadline is reflected in the postmark. If you are a day or two late, you will be forgiven. But hurry up.
Are there any fees associated with the residency?
Answer: There is a $35 tax-deductible application fee. Once accepted, residents are asked to pay a residency fee of $125 per person. This is separate from the application fee, and will be put toward meals and general facility maintenance during the residency session. Any additional expenses for room and board will be covered by the residency.
How do I pay my application fee and/or residency fee?
Answer: You can pay via the PayPal button to the left. A check in the mail is also terrific.
When are these fees due?
Answer: A $50 deposit is due upon acceptance. The remainder of the residency fee will not be due until three weeks before your session commences.
I'd like to come to Norton Island, but I can't afford the fees. What do I do?
Answer: Select scholarships are available to residents of limited means. Please indicate your interest in a scholarship when applying to the residency. Upon acceptance, scholarship applications will be made available to you.
Can I make a donation to Norton Island?
Answer: Yes, you can, and thank you for your support! You can donate any time of the year via the PayPal button to the left, or by a check in the mail. If you're also applying for a residency, please rest assured the jury will not be influenced by your donation, as they will not be made aware of it.
Must I send slides/printed matter via US postal mail, or can I send my samples electronically or on a disk?
Answer: Any of the above.
I've been accepted! How do I get to Norton Island for my residency?
Answer: Travel (and travel costs) to Bangor Airport (or to Jonesport, for residents who are driving) are the responsibility of residents. Transportation from Bangor Airport to Norton Island will be made available to non-driving residents, free of charge.
Norton Island sounds great. Is it for everyone?
Answer: No. There is cold, and damp, and rain and fog. One must be able to handle solitude, as well as minor chores (dishes, sweeping, etc.) to help maintain the small island community. This place draws residents who tend to be free-wheeling thinkers who have cast off the mantel of pretense in this remote haven. It's not Lord of the Flies, mind you, but dainty won't do, fussbudgets fail and people harboring major issues generally implode.
Is there internet access on Norton Island?
Norton Island maintains a wi-fi satellite connection to the Internet. Please note: the wi-fi is only available in a single location, the West Camp lodge, which is open to residents during normal hours. But be warned: there is not wi-fi access in the cabins or across most of Norton island.
What is the most I can expect from your program?
Answer: The best case scenario (and the program's initial reason for existence) is that you manage somehow to put yourself and everything else aside, except for your work, and work like you never dreamed possible. Others have done it, so it's not impossible, but, as stated in the previous answer, Norton Island is not for everybody.