Oct 01 2017
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Letter from the director, October 2017

Dear writers,

Fall has fallen.

I know I’m not alone in preferring this season over all the others, even as I enjoy warm weather activities and dread the barren landscape, biting cold, and ice-covered roads that follow. The grand metaphor of the Earth preparing for a long sleep by first putting on a brilliant show of color is energizing to me.

Be slow, fall, said the poet Robert Frost:

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.

As I write this letter to you, I am simultaneously preparing to welcome all five of the Center’s teachers to a weekend retreat in nearly the exact center of my rural Pennsylvania. It will be the first time we have all gathered in one physical space. I look forward to their energy, to breaking bread with them, to galvanizing our mission and passion in mentoring beginning and blocked writers into a forever “season” of harvest, vibrancy, and splendor.

Best wishes for a fall that makes you stop where you are and snap a picture–on your phone, in your mind, and on the page.


Stacia M. Fleegal