New River Gorge writer residency applications open

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 New River Gorge Winter Writer’s Residency in Fayetteville. The chosen writer will have the opportunity to live and work at Lafayette Flats, a luxurious vacation rental in historic downtown Fayetteville from January through March
This is the third year that Lafayette Flats has hosted the Residency. Previous writers-in-residence were Eric Shonkwiler (2015) and Mary Ann Henry (2016). “We were thrilled with our first two writers,” says Lafayette Flats co-owner Shawn Means, “and we look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that they helped create.”
The residency is open to any writer or scholar with a specific project of literary merit who is committed to full time residence in Fayetteville from Jan. 1 – Mar. 31. More detailed application information can be found at
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 an “alternative narrative” about West Virginia. Interested writers can find out more at or by emailing

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