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Posted on August 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Aurora Project Writers’ Retreat

November 4 through 7, 2010


Join your peers for a long weekend of creativity in the tranquil atmosphere of Cathedral State Park and Aurora, West Virginia. The Aurora Project Writers’ Retreat provides quiet time to focus on your own writing, the good company of fellow writers and, in the evenings, poetry, literature and essay readings. You also have the opportunity to share in the vision of the Aurora Project, West Virginia’s first and only full-time multidisciplinary artists’ residency program.


The retreat begins with a reception Thursday evening, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. and ends Sunday morning, November 7 after breakfast. Saturday evening’s dinner will be followed by a public discussion and reading by Maggie Anderson, a nationally recognized poet with roots in Appalachia, particularly West Virginia and Ohio.


The cost of $250 includes lodging and seven meals. Shared accommodations will be available at Brookside Inn and nearby guesthouses. A limited number of private rooms will be available for an additional $75 fee. All meals and events, except for Ms. Anderson’s public presentation at the Aurora Community Center, will take place at Brookside Inn. You are invited to take part in participant readings on Friday evening. Aside from mealtimes and evening readings, this is a retreat weekend, not a workshop, and you are requested to respect the privacy of other writers who are working.


While you need not be a published writer to participate, the retreat is intended for serious writers and not for students. Additional programs will be hosted by the Aurora Project in the future for those wishing instruction.


The retreat is limited to a maximum of 18 participants. For a registration form, please email Michele Moure-Reeves at the Aurora Project ([email protected]). Insert “AP Retreat” into the subject line of your email. Registration forms will be available August 15. The completed form, either via postal mail or email, must be received by Friday, September 17, 2010. Please do not send any form of payment until after you have been notified. Registrations will be accepted and lodging assignments will be made on a first come - first served basis; payment in full will be due by Friday, October 8, 2010. A waiting list will be maintained for cancellations.


If you still have questions after reviewing the application and criteria, please email or leave a message at 304-735-3620.

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Reply Colleen Anderson
11:46 AM on August 17, 2010 
I have attended every one of the Aurora Project retreats and have never been disappointed. It's always a restorative and productive time for me, and each visit renews my enthusiasm for the Aurora Project.
Reply Laura Treacy Bentley
2:29 PM on August 17, 2010 

I love that part of West Virginia. Have you been to Cathedral State Park?

Reply Colleen Anderson
3:32 PM on August 17, 2010 
That's one of the best things about the Aurora Project: it's directly across the street (no kidding) from Cathedral State Forest, a great place for inspiration and reflection. Both properties were once part of a large mountain resort that had its heyday in the early part of the 20th century. In fact, some of the resort's cottages are being restored to serve as the Aurora Project's studios and residences for visiting artists.
Reply Lori Wilson
5:30 PM on August 27, 2010 
For me, each Aurora retreat has been a physical and creative oasis. I never know how thirsty I've been until I'm there and drinking deeply. Not only is Michele deeply committed to supporting the arts and the Aurora Project; she is also a gracious hostess and a culinary genius.
Reply Faith Holsaert
9:18 AM on August 31, 2010 
I have loved every Aurora Writers Retreat which I have attended. Imagine, writing among virgin hemlocks! The food and company are superb. I wish with all my heart I could attend this autumn.
Reply Susan Sailer
2:48 PM on September 5, 2010 
I've participated in each Aurora Writers Retreat since its inception and always look forward to returning. Michele is the perfect hostess / chef, and whether I've lodged in Brookside Inn or one of the farmhouses, the deep contemplative space combined with convivial meals have been just right for me to focus on my poems.
Reply Susan Sailer
10:45 AM on September 6, 2010 
There's a new deadline for registration and payment of fees, earlier than what is indicated in the announcement above about the Aurora Project Fall Writers' Retreat. According to the new flier I just received, Michele Moure-Reeves indicates both registration and payment deadline is September 15th, sent by snail mail, to Aurora Project, 25208 George Washington Highway, Aurora, WV 26705.