We are all familiar with the idea of a writer needing “a room of one’s own”, but what about a house of one’s own? Described as a different kind of writer’s residency, Detroit’s Write A House program gives newly renovated homes to writers to live in permanently, with the aim of helping to regenerate the city’s literary scene.
The initiative attracted widespread media attention in late 2013 when it ran its first application round, with coverage in the New Yorker and LA Times among many others. This week Write A House announced it was again inviting applications from writers wishing to build a new life in Detroit.
The winning writer will receive a two-bedroom, 1100 square foot bungalow in the Banglatown neighbourhood, north of the city centre. The successful candidate will need to commit to living full-time in the city and to engaging with the literary community of Detroit. After an initial two-year probationary period, the deed to the home will be signed over to the writer.