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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.