New River Gorge Writer Residency
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The Lafayette Flats press release for Eric’s West Virginia residency was featured on several local area news sources announcing his upcoming arrival. Channel 59 WVNSTV, The State Journal, and Channel 7 WTRF each published news about Eric’s receiving of the New River Gorge Winter Writer’s Residency in their local Fayetteville area:
New River Gorge Winter Writer’s Residency

FAYETTEVILLE, WV - Novelist Eric Shonkwiler has been awarded the New River Gorge Winter Writer’s Residency for 2015.

As writer-in-residence, Shonkwiler will spend January, February, and March at Lafayette Flats, a luxury vacation rental in downtown Fayetteville, a recently renovated 110-year-old onetime bank building in the city’s Historic District.

He is the author of Above All Men, a critically acclaimed novel published earlier this year by MG Press. During the residency, he will work on his own writing as well as contribute to the Lafayette Flats blog.

Lafayette Flats’ owners, Shawn Means and his wife Amy McLaughlin, say they came up with the idea of the writer residency as a way to help “change the narrative” about West Virginia.”

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