Writer Resident Information & Guidelines
Participants may sign up individually or in groups for one to four weeks. Four bedrooms are upstairs and one isdownstairs. Double beds are in all but one bedroom and it has twin beds. A desk or writing table is provided for each room. Two bathrooms are upstairs and one is downstairs. The bathrooms have both showers and claw-foot bathtubs. There is both central heating & air conditioning at the house. The retreat has room for three to five independent writers. Group size could range from 7-10, depending on sleeping arrangements.
There is a large living room with ample comfortable sitting. A smaller parlor is upstairs which has a writing table, comfortable chairs as well as a sleeper sofa. The large country kitchen is fully equipped and has the original oak table – a great place to gather. The kitchen door swings open into a large formal dining room, which can also be used for meetings as well as non-formal meals! Groups may decide to join forces in cooking and dine together at night. Evenings offer opportunities for reading to each other and creating supportive critique sessions.
The house has expansive wrap-around porches both upstairs and downstairs. Numerous rocking chairs and a porch swing are available for use. There are tables set up on the porches near electrical outlets so writers can work outside in nice weather. There is also a screened-in area off the kitchen where writers can work.
On occasion the Bowers House hosts readings and workshops that are open to the public. Residents are invited to attend.
Should you prefer eating out, there are a number of restaurants in the Royston, Lavonia & Hartwell area. Ellen Davenport, the Program Coordinator, will have updated information and directions.
When writers need to get outdoors for a bit, both kayaking (Slow Water Outfitters) and Victoria Bryant State Park (a natural woodsy park) are within five miles of the house. A public golf course is adjacent to the Victoria Bryant State Park. Informational brochures regarding these and other areas of interest are available.
Writers are expected to provide their own food, do their own cooking and clean up afterwards. The Bowers House provides some basic staples (some spices, flours, sugar, laundry soap, paper towels, and toilet paper). There are good grocery stores in nearby Royston and Lavonia and one that offers “exotics” in Hartwell.
Ellen Davenport, the Program Coordinator, can address any concerns you might have. She makes sure the staples are replenished and she can answer any questions you might have.
Alcohol is permitted (please drink with consideration for others). Tobacco is not permitted. Pets are not permitted. The burning of candles is not permitted.
A washer and dryer are available for writers’ use. Laundry soap is provided.
In order to keep the Bowers House affordable, writers are expected do light housework. Clean sheets and towels are provided, however guests are expected to make their beds when they arrive & strip them before they leave. A vacuum cleaner is provided for room cleaning and the bathroom should be kept cleaned.
So that writers can work, there is a “7 to 5 quiet time,” unless other arrangements have been made to accommodate a group. Guests are expected to be respectful of other writers at night so that sleeping is not disturbed.
The Bowers House Library graciously accepts gifts of literary magazines and books guest writers recommend or books they have written.