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SEWANEE, Tenn. (AP) — Rivendell Writers’ Colony, a nationally renowned residency program for authors, will close at the end of March.

A statement on the organization’s website from benefactor and board chair Mary Elizabeth Nelson says she plans to transform the property in Sewanee, Tennessee, into a center for spiritual healing and exploration.

Nelson says the move is painful because of the success of the writers’ colony, but she’s pursuing a lifelong dream.

The mission of the colony was to inspire imagination among writers by offering programs, workshops and residencies to published and aspiring writers.

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Nelson says the nonprofit has helped hundreds of writers over the past five years.