Write-a-House: Giving Writers Houses, For Free, Forever


Write-a-House is a nonprofit organization that is renovating an abandoned house in Detroit--with plans to give it to a worthy writer. To keep, forever. For free (kind of). The house will be 80% inhabitable at the time of the award next year; the author-in-residence will be responsible for finishing the renovation of the house to render it fully habitable. (Don’t sigh, who doesn't need domestic distractions every now and then?) After the author-in-residence has made it through the first two years, he/she won’t be obliged to do anything. However, Write-a-House hopes you’ll stick around--it's your house now, after all. 

Applications will be accepted in Spring 2014. Send a three-page sample of your writing, a resume (no longer than two pages), and a 2paragraph statement on why you are interested in moving into a Write-a-House home in Detroit. Select awardees will be based on: demonstrated and prospective quality of work, promised contribution to local community, and financial need (finalists will need to go through a background and credit check).  BTW: already have a house and want to help this project along? We did, here.

renovationWrite-a-House exterior during renovation