Building a Better Writers Residency

Building a Better Writers Residency

Amanda Petrusich is a writer I greatly admire, and her latest piece for The New Yorker, “Why Artists Need Oddball Residencies,” is timely and most welcome. Petrusich’s thesis is clear: no matter how outlandish these residencies have become, they’re important. I agree....
VCLA in the Fairfax County Times

VCLA in the Fairfax County Times

I’m very grateful for the growing excitement around Virginia Center for Literary Arts. (VCLA.) This week, we were featured in the Fairfax County Times (text below). Want to get involved? Join our newsletter, like us on Facebook, consider hosting an event, or...
This Old House or, The VCLA Walking Tour

This Old House or, The VCLA Walking Tour

I’ve had the opportunity to peruse these buildings –inside and out– during the ideal days of mid-autumn, many times during the snow, rain, and forbidding chill of deep winter, and, being Virginia, we skipped spring and slipped right into summer. At...
VCLA: On the Air @95.3 The River

VCLA: On the Air @95.3 The River

It was my great pleasure to be interviewed as the featured guest on 95.3 The River’s “Tourism Tuesday,” along with Winchester “Tourism Dude” Justin Kerns and Janet Michael, the hostess with the mostess. I had the opportunity to talk about...
VCLA in The Winchester Star

VCLA in The Winchester Star

It’s very exciting to have the first official “ink” on VCLA appear in The Winchester Star. Full story here, and pasted, below. Above and below are “out-takes” from a rainy photo shoot from in front of (and behind) the property, at 125 and...
Novels, Site Plans, and other Miracles

Novels, Site Plans, and other Miracles

How does one go about creating a literary arts center? If I had a magic wand, I could take this.               And turn it into this. But I don’t have a magic wand. And what fun would it be, anyway? The creation of a literary arts center is not unlike the creation of...

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