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Writers-in-Residence Program Frequently Asked Questions

There are four bedrooms on the second floor of the Boyd House. The two bedrooms in the front of the house are the largest (Thomas Wolfe with two twin beds; Paul Green with double bed). Both overlook the garden. Two smaller bedrooms with single beds are in the back near the writers’ kitchen (Max Perkins overlooks back entrance to house; Sherwood Anderson overlooks the gardens and pond). Each bedroom has a desk and comfortable reading chair with appropriate lighting.

There are no ensuite baths. The Thomas Wolfe and Paul Green bedrooms each have a designated bathroom with shower. The Max Perkins and Sherwood Anderson bedrooms share a bathroom with a shower.

A small kitchen with stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and small table are available for writers. There is a lounge between the front and back bedrooms that has a small dining table and comfortable chairs. The lounge overlooks the gardens. Information about local restaurants is available in this lounge area. Across from the Thomas Wolfe bedroom, there is a covered porch overlooking the grounds.

No. The historic Boyd House was built in 1922 and has uneven floors and some steep and narrow stairs. The writers’ area on the second floor is accessible by three staircases (front of the house, hall behind the downstairs kitchen, and from the Property Management Director’s office). There is also a spiral iron fire escape from the writers’ kitchen.

Yes. The signal strength is better downstairs than upstairs in the WIR area. Hot spots are helpful. Or we can arrange a private set up in the Carriage House.

You will need a car to shop at larger grocery stores or to access Pinehurst, Aberdeen, or other Sandhills’ locations. Weymouth Center is a 5–10-minute walk to downtown Southern Pines where there are numerous restaurants and locally owned shops. The area around Weymouth also has designated bicycle lanes and paths. Staff at Weymouth will not be able to provide transportation for you.

First Health Fitness Center in Southern Pines and Pinehurst offer access at a daily fee of $10.

No, however, Southern Pines Laundry Land at 305 SE Broad Street, is open 7 days a week.

Although we do not charge writers-in-residence for the residency, we encourage all writers to donate a minimum of $300 per week to the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities. You may donate online on the Weymouth website. Go to and click on the “Support” tab. Then “Donate Today,” then “Other.” Enter $300, and add WIR Stay in the comments section. Writers may also choose to bring a check for a donation on the day of arrival. Your donation will be used to maintain the Weymouth property, including the WIR quarters and help ensure that Weymouth continues to serve the community.

Weymouth Center is a smoke-free campus. We do not allow smoking or vaping anywhere on the property, including house, porches, and grounds.

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