The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded in February 2013 by Erin Elizabeth Smith and Joe Minarick at Firefly Farms, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nestled in an Appalachian “holler” just twenty minutes from downtown, this picturesque 45-acre farm is home to a small herd of sheep and a flock of backyard chickens & ducks. Firefly Farms is the perfect artists’ getaway, where visitors can hone their creative crafts as they escape the routine of modern life. Whether you’re hiking, camping, or foraging, you can connect with nature and be inspired by a part of the Appalachian landscape that is often forgotten. SAFTA residents and workshop attendees can also expect to learn new skills from the staff in order to enrich their creative work. You can read testimonials from our former residents here.
SAFTA is currently accepting applications for short-term residencies at our farmhouse and Writers Coop for writers in all genres to work on/complete long-term projects, receive feedback from our professional staff, and be inspired by the natural beauty of East Tennessee. These residencies are designed to give writers time and space to complete their creative projects in a quiet and productive environment.