Yep, you read that right: Free houses for writers—in Detroit, Michigan.
Are you a writer? Are you looking for a place to write? Are you willing to write in exchange for a house to call your own? Recently, I stumbled upon an interesting offer.
Write a House, a writer’s resident program in Detroit was founded in 2012 with the goal of urban rejuvenation. To that end, Write a House seeks to use vocational training to renovate vacant homes and then give these homes to writers.
Writers who are willing to move into a house that is 80% habitable in emerging, active, and diverse neighborhoods in Detroit can apply. Once accepted, the writer will be allowed to live in the house rent free in exchange for fixing up the rest of the house. In addition, for two years, the writer will be expected to contribute to the Write a House blog on a regular basis, participate in local readings and other cultural events, and be engaged neighbors, committed city residents, and good literary citizens. The writer will then own the house and be a part of the community.
I can’t help but admire this innovative strategy of partnering with writers to reinvigorate Detroit. What a great opportunity for young writers starting out!