For this adventure—which began in early 2017 as a thought exercise—to be viable, finding the right place for a literary arts center was the first and most important step.
The optimal spot would be sufficiently removed from the chaos (of the city), but not sequestered (in the country) to the extent that it’s isolated from other places and people. In short, a place that both complements and enhances the mission of the center.
The chosen property, on S. Braddock St. in Winchester, is ideally located: bordering diverse establishments and the town’s walking mall, with access to bike trails, hiking, proximity to vineyards, exploration and even, if desired, the cities in and around D.C. Added bonus: Winchester affords so much history and culture a person could spend weeks here and barely scratch the surface.
Winchester, in sum, is easy to fall in love with.
While the center is focused on affording writers time and space to create and explore, it also seeks to complement the vibrant cultural energy of this city. With a robust program of workshops and artistic events, VCLA will thrive as a destination where people are exposed to virtuosity and inspiration, year-round.