Dear Filmmakers, Writers and Creative Genius Friends!
I am excited to share that I have created a pop-up writers and artists retreat in Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, August 14- Saturday, September 10, 2016. The Stone House Retreat is a place to relax and reflect, think and create, in the company of other artistic people. Knowing the importance of time away from our hectic, demanding lives, to really focus on creative projects, I have created a place for artists to work and flourish, from seed to full bloom. You will be able to work in a supportive community of artists embracing you while encouraging you to step into your vision. I too will be working on my own projects: screenplay rewrites, personal essays, a short documentary and film editing, AND will be available to guests, whether to mentor, offer an opinion, or just listen. This is an idea that I’ve had for over a decade and I hope you will partake of some earned time to work on YOUR projects.
At the home I grew up, descriptively called the Stone House because of it’s stone front. It’s frequently been described as “The Fairy Tale House, because of the overhanging trees and stone facing. Located in the Cascade Heights neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta, it is 20 minutes from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport nestled between I-285 and 1-20.
I have learned the hard way that you need time away to push forward with your projects in whatever state they are in from idea germination to being in the throws of post-production or creating a distribution and marketing strategy. Thus, the Stone House is the retreat I want: a place to relax and reflect, to think and to create, and be in the company of other creatives whether talking or not.
What makes this house special is that it’s one of three stone front houses built during World War II. Its stones were not cut, but found limestones that were put in place and then cemented around to hold. My parents moved into this unique house in 1967 as part of the first African-Americans to move into this neighborhood in which white flight was just beginning. My father recalls the “For Sale” signs in the neighborhood looked like flags on the 4th of July. Although Lynhurst is a connected street for two major thoroughfares, the house sits back from the street and is shaded by trees on the right of the house with wild vegetation cut back to maintain private areas in the back yard.
In addition to the guest bedrooms there is a large living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a study with a fireplace, a kitchen with washer, and dryer, plus front and back porches. Artists painting, or working, on small to medium canvasses can use the porch and yards.
2 weeks: Sunday August 28- Saturday September 10
There will be invite-only wine and dine reading salons on Friday nights.
Please note school has resumed in Atlanta, so there’s a bit of hustle and bustle before 8am, then again about 2:30pm-3:30pm with extra car traffic and a few kids walking on the sidewalk. No school on Labor Day, September 5.