When I applied to the writers in Residency program at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities I didn’t know a whole lot about it. All I knew was it was place to get away and focus on writing for a few days.
Turns out my experience at Weymouth could be a book in itself. It not only was a place to get away from my day to day experiences, but it felt like a get away from this era. From the manor house itself, to the immaculate gardens I was immersed in another century. The large manor house was the home of James Boyd. Boyd was a popular and well-known author. He was friends with other notable writers, as Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, and Paul Green many of whom had stayed in this very house. What an incredible place full of such rich history (and a few historical Spirits lurking about.)
They even had a fox hunt reenactment one morning with horses and hounds galore! I was happy to learn there was no real fox involved.
In this magical place I created my own writing routine. I woke at dawn and walked through the woods at sunrise.
I sat at an oak desk in a vintage green leather chair writing my book. As I wrote the final pages of my own story, I had images of writers before me sitting here in this same room.
As I packed my bags to return back home I knew this was an experience I will not soon forget. I am so grateful for this experience!
Love & Blessings,
P.S. If anyone has been looking for the NC Poetry Society, I have found where they are being kept, lol.