Monday, June 20, 2016

2017 New River Gorge Winter Writer's Residency

It is a dream for many writers to be able to spend time practicing and perfecting their craft away from the hustle and bustle of regular life. Lafayette Flats is proud to host the New River Gorge Winter Writer's Residency that affords this opportunity to one deserving writer each year in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

Applications are now being accepted for the third New River Gorge Writer's Residency, January 1 - March 31, 2017. We are looking for the perfect candidate to help us create an alternative narrative for West Virginia, continuing the tradition of excellence set forth by past residents Eric Shonkwiler and Mary Ann Henry.

The successful candidate will live at Lafayette Flats for three months during which they can work on a writing project of their choosing, and will contribute to the Lafayette Flats blog. The primary benefit of the Residency will be the use of the Corten flat as a private residence and writing space for a three month period during the winter. This luxurious flat is fully furnished, beautifully decorated and will provide the Writer with a place to relax, muse and create. Fayetteville is in the heart of The New River Gorge and provides opportunities to commune with nature in one of the most beautiful areas of the United States.

Winter in Fayetteville, which for three seasons is a bustling tourist town, provides a quiet and slow-paced background for the Residency, and the people of Fayetteville become a special part of the landscape as well. As 2016 Writer in Residence Mary Ann Henry wrote, "One of the unexpected bonuses of coming to Fayetteville - and I truly I did not expect this - was that I was surrounded by amazing people in a progressive community. These people are not just background/wallpaper to the town. They are front and center, committed to making it a healthy, thriving, fun community. And it is a community in the truest sense."

Perhaps you - or a writer you know - would like to be chosen for next year's Residency? Applications will be accepted until October 15 and the winner will be announced on November 1st.

Complete information on how to apply can be found at