The primary benefit of the Residency is the use of the Corten flat (or equivalent) as a private residence and working space for two weeks to two months during the winter. This luxurious flat is fully furnished, beautifully decorated and will provide the Creative 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 Creative with a relaxed pace of life and opportunities for interaction with the diverse and eclectic people who make their home here. The adjacent New River Gorge National River provides room to roam and opportunities to commune with nature in one of the most beautiful areas of the United States.

New River Gorge Creative Residency
at Lafayette Flats

Applications for the Residency will be accepted each year until November 1. Interviews will be conducted with finalists. The chosen Creative will be notified by November 15, and the residency will begin as early as the first week of December depending on the schedule of the Creative.

Applications should be forwarded as a single PDF file to 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 attachment. Please have the individual forwarding the recommendation add your name to the subject line. A telephone interview will be conducted with the references of the candidates under consideration before the final selection.

2015 - Eric Shonkwiler

2016 - Mary Ann Henry

2017 - Kathleen M. Jacobs

2018 - Wendy Welch

2019 - Rosalie Haizlett

Owners Amy McLaughlin and Shawn Means desire to support the development of creative people by providing a unique opportunity for one Creative each year to live at Lafayette Flats for a  period in the winter (December - March). The Creative may use this time and space to develop their skills, to devote time to a particular project, and to assist the owners with their goal of providing the fresh narrative about West Virginia.

A cover letter that includes your telephone number and email address.

A statement of why you would like to be awarded the Residency and the dates you would like to arrive and depart (two week minimum and six week maximum from Dec. 1 - March 31).

The names, telephone numbers and email addresses of the two people who will be providing letters of reference.

A CV of no more than four pages.

A statement of your scope of work while in Fayetteville.

Two current letters of recommendation for the residency (forwarded separately from reference).

A complete application includes the following documents: 

Creating a fresh narrative for West Virginia

The Creative will live on site the entire time of the Residency. This residency is designed to be a solitary retreat; frequent absences and visitations are discouraged.

The Creative will provide at least one blog post each month of the residency for the Lafayette Flats blog reflecting on his or her experiences during the Residency with an eye toward helping to create the fresh narrative of West Virginia.

The Creative will be asked to place a $250 refundable security deposit prior to check-in, but otherwise will live and work rent-free for the duration of the residency.

The Creative will be responsible for all other living costs during the Residency. No meals or other necessities will be provided. There are laundry facilities on site.

Past Creatives in Residence


For this residency, Creatives are defined as writers and visual artists. We are looking for people who are interested in contemporary Appalachia, and possess a willingness to help craft its fresh narrative. The successful candidate will be a person of integrity who can be entrusted with the Lafayette Flats building and its contents.

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