Sunday, June 15, 2014

If You're a Writer, Write Your Way to a New House in Detroit

Sure, there are lots of fancy schmancy residency programs out there for writers, and you can find them in directories and google searches.  But in what other residency are they giving away a whole house?  Why, in Detroit, and you have less than a week to write your way to a new house. 

The program is Write a House, in which aspiring writers of low or moderate income (and some writing history) can win a refurbished house that was rescued from foreclosure and restored.  Not for a year or six months--for keeps, to someone talented enough to win it and who wants to be an active part of the literary community of Detroit.  To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen, fall into the income limits, and submit your strongest writing before a panel of judges.  The full qualifications are here. The house is situated on the east side, north of Hamtramck. 

The point of all this is twofold:  to teach young people construction and restoration work while they work on their GEDs, and to make it financially attractive for writers to settle down in the D.  If you miss this run of the contest, they have a couple more houses that Write a House is planning to rehab and give away in the future.  To the right writer.

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