Owners Amy McLaughlin and Shawn Means of Lafayette Flats, a beautiful cut stone building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in downtown Fayetteville, are supporting the development of creative people by providing a unique opportunity for one writer each year to live at the Flats for a three month period in the wintertime.
Constructed in 1906 as a bank, the building sits directly across from the Fayette County Courthouse. Its expansive windows offer a spectacular view of the courthouse lawn where many community events are held throughout the year.
The selected 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.
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.
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.