The New River Gorge Winter Writer's Residency at Lafayette Flats
Owners Amy McLaughlin and Shawn Means desire to support the development of creative people by providing a unique opportunity for one writer each year to live at Lafayette Flats for a three month period in the wintertime. The Writer will use this time and space to develop their writing skills, to devote time to a particular project, and to assist the owners with their goal of providing the “alternative narrative” about West Virginia.
Benefits of the Residency
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 (valued at $6,500). This luxurious flat is fully furnished, beautifully decorated and will provide the Writer with a place to relax, muse and create. See Flat #2, Corten on The Flats page for more information. 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. See the Visit Fayetteville website for more information on the area. Fayetteville, a bustling tourist destination from May-October, turns into a sleepy small town in the winter and will provide the Writer with a relaxed pace of life and opportunities for interaction with the diverse and eclectic people who make their home in Fayetteville. The Writer will be afforded the opportunity to meet selected community members at a special reception held in his or her honor soon after arrival.
Applications for the Residency will be accepted each year until October 15. Telephone interviews will be conducted with finalists. The chosen Writer will be notified by November 1. Applications should be forwarded as a single PDF file that includes items 1 – 4 below to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation and direct inquiries about the application process or application status should also be sent to this address.
Letters of recommendation:
May be sent as a PDF or a Word document attachment. Please have the individual forwarding the recommendation add your name to the subject line. Please do not forward the recommendation in the body of an email. Before a final selection is made, a telephone interview will be done with the references of the candidates under consideration. A complete application includes the following documents:
Past Writers in Residence
2015 - Eric Shonkwiler
2016 - Mary Ann Henry
2017 - Kathleen M. Jacobs
2018 - Wendy Welch