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Washington and Lee Professor Awarded Residency on Wyoming Ranch This is Brodie’s third writer’s fellowship this year.

— by on November 10th, 2017

Laura Brodie

Laura Brodie, visiting associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University, has just returned from a month-long writer’s residency at Brush Creek Ranch, in southern Wyoming. Brush Creek Ranch is a luxury spa and resort on 15,000 acres, next to the Medicine Bow National Forest. In 2011, owners Bruce and Beth White formed the Brush Creek Arts Foundation, to establish an artists’ colony at the ranch. Each month the foundation awards fellowships to four visual artists, two composers and two writers, providing food, accommodations, and studio space.

This is Brodie’s third writer’s fellowship this year. In July, she spent twelve days at Norton Island in Maine, with nine writers and two painters, courtesy of the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation. She spent four weeks in September at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Brodie is using these residencies to complete her fifth book, a novel titled The Adulterers’ Club. The manuscript-in-progress has been shortlisted for best novel in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition—an annual literary contest sponsored by the Faulkner Society of New Orleans. Brodie will return to teaching at Washington and Lee in January.