Write A House

Write A House Detroit's Literary Community Write A House is a nonprofit that combines community building with support for the literary arts.

It's end of year giving time! We're proud of the progress we made on our duplex in 2018 and we're looking forward to see...
12/13/2018
Looking Back at Banglatown

It's end of year giving time! We're proud of the progress we made on our duplex in 2018 and we're looking forward to seeing this property transformed in 2019. While it is a big project no donation is too small to be meaningful. Please consider giving $5, $10, $15 to help us see this one through, as we did our Banglatown properties.

Over three years, Write A House rehabilitated three vacant homes for three writers in Detroit’s Banglatown neighborhood, on the city’s near east side. These homes may have very well had different fates. In 2011, the city was in the throes of America’s housing crisis. Thousands of properties ch...

Want to improve your skills writing about place? Detroit-based author Courtney Balestier's has an online workshop next m...
09/18/2018
2-Week Online Craft Seminar: How to Write Place - Courtney Balestier

Want to improve your skills writing about place? Detroit-based author Courtney Balestier's has an online workshop next month through Catapult.

Each session will consider one point of view with a reading, lecture, and group discussion, culminating in a final writing exercise. Our goal is to explore how to use the full extent of a place—its physical, emotional, and psychological elements—to better effect in our own writing.

“Each of us is an atlas of sorts,” Rebecca Solnit wrote. Place, then—where we are, where we've been, where we are going—is crucial to our writing....

WOW! Thanks so much to Sarah and her student friends that pulled off this little fundraiser and surprise check for us th...
08/06/2018

WOW! Thanks so much to Sarah and her student friends that pulled off this little fundraiser and surprise check for us through Blaze Pizza. This made our week.

Bon Appétit Magazine has a great story by our second awardee, Liana, about becoming a home owner, and a home chef, in De...
06/07/2018
I Won a House in Detroit Then Cooked My Way into a Home

Bon Appétit Magazine has a great story by our second awardee, Liana, about becoming a home owner, and a home chef, in Detroit.

After years of reporting stints in and out of the country, I had a home and kitchen of my own.

We have some exciting news to share about the future of our program thanks to support from The Kresge Foundation. 2017 w...
05/09/2018
Kresge Supports Write A House’s New Strategy

We have some exciting news to share about the future of our program thanks to support from The Kresge Foundation.

2017 was challenging year for us, one in which we did not award any new residencies. However it was a productive time to look at our vision and create a plan for more sustainable funding that would impact the lives of more writers. With a new mission in 2018 to grow a thriving community of writers in Detroit we are excited to get back to work on renovating housing and designing programs that help emerging writers expand their careers.

Write A House is pleased to announce that on May 31, we will be the recipients of a $75,000 grant to build a new vision of a writer’s residency in the North End of Detroit from The Kresge Foundation. Earlier this year, we re-wrote our mission statement to “grow a thriving community of writers in...

Saturday May 11 at Bank Suey, check out this reading series with treats from Bon Bon Bon
05/04/2018

Saturday May 11 at Bank Suey, check out this reading series with treats from Bon Bon Bon

Want to help kids? 826 Michigan is looking for volunteers for a couple of in-school projects coming up in May. They woul...
04/24/2018

Want to help kids? 826 Michigan is looking for volunteers for a couple of in-school projects coming up in May. They would be grateful for your support in Detroit!

Voyageur, 12 grade, Tuesdays (5/8 - 5/29) 8:30am - 10:30am
Cass, 9th grade, Fridays (5/11 - 6/8) 8am - 10am
Bunche, 4th grade, Mondays (5/7 - 5/21) Time -To be determined

They ask that volunteers spend some time workshopping with students (usually during the revision process) in small or 1-on-1 groups. Students love to hear about how and why artists do what they do. Email [email protected] for more info.

Young creative thinkers across our three cities inspire us each day through thoughtful writing, working together with classmates, getting to know students in other cities, showing tutors that they have what it takes to see a project through and welcoming help along the way.

With your help, indeed all 3,265 of them are on their way to building a better world. Will you join us and make a meaningful contribution this year to fuel students' academic and creative power in 2018? A gift in any amount makes an impact. If you so choose, donate here: 826michigan.org/donate.

Support the tutoring work of 826 Michigan in Detroit!
04/23/2018

Support the tutoring work of 826 Michigan in Detroit!

FRIENDS! Thank you all for supporting our 2018 Probility Ann Arbor Marathon fundraiser! We're lacing up our running shoes (did you think robots run barefoot?) and getting ready for race day, May 20th! Today, we're excited to share our fifth runner-- our Detroit program manager Brandan Pierce!

A Michigander through and through, Brandan absolutely loves the Detroit Red Wings. “The thing I have loved the longest in my life,” he says, “other than family, is hockey.” Born and raised in Clawson, Michigan, Brandan now lives in southwest Detroit, where he plays hockey, quotes The Simpsons, and hangs out with a pug named Harvey. His journey with 826michigan began over six years ago, when he served the organization as a volunteer tutor. This fall, Brandan is leaving 826michigan for graduate school in Ann Arbor. In honor of all the great work Brandan has done these six years, donate to him here! https://runsignup.com/brandansroborun

Our first three houses in Detroit are in Banglatown, an area of Detroit where Global Detroit has been working to increas...
04/18/2018
Global Detroit

Our first three houses in Detroit are in Banglatown, an area of Detroit where Global Detroit has been working to increase opportunities for immigrants and organizing neighborhood clean up days. If you can give please consider supporting them!

There are 29 days left to give to our spring Patronicity campaign! Can you help us spread to word to meet our goal of 200 donors this year? Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan (GTRI)

Save the date! Colson Whitehead will be speaking at Marygrove on April 13. Our friends at The Tuxedo Project Detroit hav...
04/05/2018

Save the date! Colson Whitehead will be speaking at Marygrove on April 13. Our friends at The Tuxedo Project Detroit have been getting ready all month with an Underground Railroad book club. If you have not already, get a copy of the book (Pages Bookshop is a great local option) and we will see you at the talk.

It's gonna be a busy week here at The Tuxedo Project: We kick off a new creative writing workshop at Marygrove on Thursday AND a reading & discussion group of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad right here at the house this weekend. Will you be joining us? Details & sign up here: https://t.e2ma.net/message/5lhnmd/hb5zrib

Honored to be included in this list! Thanks so much to Jo Lou!
03/29/2018
Electric Literature

Honored to be included in this list! Thanks so much to Jo Lou!

From a modernist treehouse to a locked room: Jo Lou gathered up some of the coolest writing residencies perfect for your immediate and much-needed literary escape.

Want a super easy way to support us for stuff you were going to buy anyway? We are on Amazon Smile and the donation rate...
02/28/2018

Want a super easy way to support us for stuff you were going to buy anyway? We are on Amazon Smile and the donation rate is going up in March!

3x your impact! From March 12-31, Amazon.com is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/46-0901905 and Amazon donates to Write A House.

#TBT "One thing that outsiders may miss in the stories of Detroit... was the intense spirit of cooperation among all kin...
02/22/2018
We’re Not in New York Anymore

#TBT

"One thing that outsiders may miss in the stories of Detroit... was the intense spirit of cooperation among all kinds of people in the city who are just trying to make it a better place to live. "

A nonprofit is refurbishing two-bedroom houses in Detroit and accepting applications for writers to move in, rent free.

An important deadline is soon! There's just a week left to get your application in for the retreat to be held in Detroit...
02/21/2018
Fortify Writers Retreat in Detroit

An important deadline is soon! There's just a week left to get your application in for the retreat to be held in Detroit this May.
https://fortifywritersretreat.splashthat.com/

Fortify is a weekend-long generative writing retreat in the heart of Detroit's Boston Edison neighborhood. Open to all genres and levels of writing experience, this is a retreat for anyone seeking to generate work, build skill sets, and connect with other writers. Founded by Anna Clark, Corn...

Save the date Detroit! Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, will be Institute for Detroit Studies at Ma...
02/21/2018
Colson Whitehead

Save the date Detroit! Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, will be Institute for Detroit Studies at Marygrove College on April 13th. Please stay tuned for details.

https://www.marygrove.edu/caals/colson-whitehead

Marygrove College is proud to be celebrating the milestone 30th Anniversary of the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. From the great Gloria Naylor in 1989 to award-winning Mat Johnson in 2017, Marygrove has brought significant African American authors to the attention of its students, t....

We are beyond excited to be a sponsor of Detroit's Fortify Writers retreat for which applications open TODAY! Led by Wri...
02/01/2018

We are beyond excited to be a sponsor of Detroit's Fortify Writers retreat for which applications open TODAY! Led by Write A House awardee Casey Rocheteau and Corina Fadel with keynote speaker and former Write A House board member Airea D. Matthews, this event held May 18-20 will be transformative! Special thanks to the firm Dickinson Wright for their sponsorship role as well. #fortifyretreat #detroit #writersretreat

Want to apply? Now is the time! https://fortifywritersretreat.splashthat.com/

Write a House resident Anne Elizabeth Moore had a busy 2017.Her book, BODY HORROR, was shortlisted for a Chicago Review ...
01/02/2018
Holiday Cheer

Write a House resident Anne Elizabeth Moore had a busy 2017.

Her book, BODY HORROR, was shortlisted for a Chicago Review of Books Nonfiction Award, made Buzzfeed's annual book gift guide, and is a 2017 Chicago Public Library Best Book.

Read more here: http://mailchi.mp/2e7f0a6ec154/holiday-cheer?e=7a0565839d

Plenty of poop emoji to go around regarding 2017, but Body Horror was shortlisted for a Chicago Review of Books Nonfiction Award, made Buzzfeed's annual book gift guide, and is a 2017 Chicago Public Library Best Book. Buy a copy for the weirdo in your life here.

An end-of-year letter from founding board member Francis Grunow ... we've raised another $1,000 just this month thanks t...
12/31/2017
WRITE A HOUSE | write-a-house

An end-of-year letter from founding board member Francis Grunow ... we've raised another $1,000 just this month thanks to you all. There are just a few hours left to spread the word or put a few more dollars in! And thank you!

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Hello,

In these final days of 2017, I'm reaching out to ask for your support of Write A House, an organization I've been involved with since it was just an idea five years ago. It's a little nuts to think that Write A House made it this far.

In 2013, my friends Toby and Sarah concocted a brilliant, crazy idea: renovate vacant homes in Detroit and give them away to deserving writers. Beginning in 2014, we announced Write A House and received an incredible response from the media, public, and, most important, the literary community. We raised funds and were delighted to renovate three homes over three years, giving away them away to a poet and two journalists, after jurying hundreds of applications.

The first three awardees are new residents of Detroit, and all are helping tell new stories of the city. I've been so proud to count myself among those involved with Write A House since the beginning. Here's a nice little photo essay highlighting our second winner, Liana Agajanian, and her Banglatown house.

Last year, we announced another Write A House award, this time to a native Detroit poet. But soon we found ourselves struggling to raise money, even though we had started our fourth renovation. After being embraced by the public and funding community, our financial model was deemed unsustainable as a long term organizational strategy. Though a compelling idea, giving away homes outright did not allow Write A House to build up or leverage its assets.

Since that time, we have been working very hard to forge a new path forward. Over this past year, we've been meeting with advisors, funders, our writers, and supporters to craft an approach that works to improve the lives of Detroit writers. We are closer than ever to striking out again. . . in ways that would have us continue to support Detroit's literary community, including providing low cost housing for Detroit writers.

I am very excited about the new ideas the Write A House board are in the process of discussing, from moving forward with the renovation of a duplex in the North End, to creating a literary hub for writers, to building up the professional capacity of Detroit's writers. And I am hoping you would consider a year-end contribution to Write A House to help support this vision.

Any amount you can contribute to move us forward is truly appreciated— $15 or $1,500, and anything in between! Please donate today. I really appreciate your consideration. In the meantime, cheers to you and yours in 2018!

Thank You,
Francis

Write A House makes long-term housing affordable for emerging writers who struggle to keep up with rising rent and cannot qualify for mortgages. The unreliable income in the nature of the publishing world means annual income is uncertain but greater creative risks often involve periods of working on...

12/14/2017
Why one in three Detroit properties has been foreclosed on in the last 15 years

"The tax foreclosure epidemic is a contradiction at the heart of the revival of Detroit.... " watch this video report from VICE News to learn more about why housing is still such a struggle here. Learn more from our friends at LOVELAND

In the last 15 years, one in three Detroit properties have been foreclosed on. When most people think of foreclosure, they think of people who can’t afford t...

We have tremendous gratitude for all our donors in 2017. Whether you gave $5, $50, or $500, you made a difference this y...
12/13/2017
The Toughest Year Is the One Most Full of Gratitude

We have tremendous gratitude for all our donors in 2017. Whether you gave $5, $50, or $500, you made a difference this year and we could not have done it without you. There's about two weeks of the year left to remember to make a contribution to the writing community in Detroit through a gift to Write A House. Please join us by giving or help to spread the word to your networks of readers and writers alike!

If you’ve been a close follower of Write A House since 2013, you may have noticed we did not give away a home in 2017. And if you’ve been an even closer follower, you may have noticed we did not even finish funding or giving away a home we promised to Detroit poet Nandi Comer in 2016. It’s bee...

Thank you Curbed Detroit for making us #33 on the list of ways to make Detroit a better place. Now is a great time to do...
12/12/2017
45 small ways to make Detroit a better place

Thank you Curbed Detroit for making us #33 on the list of ways to make Detroit a better place. Now is a great time to donate!

Here are the best ways to get involved and volunteer around Detroit.

What a beautiful collection of bookmarks posted by Rebecca Weston Literary, LLC! Love being in the company of these grea...
12/11/2017

What a beautiful collection of bookmarks posted by Rebecca Weston Literary, LLC! Love being in the company of these great organizations.

If one absolutely must stop reading, it is best to do so in style. Thank you all who support my very healthy #bookmarklove habit. #happymonday #booknerd
Community Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, DC Comics, Greenlight Bookstore, L.L.Bean, Write A House, Source Booksellers, Librairie Galignani, Shannon Associates, Brilliant Books, Harvard Book Store, University of St Andrews, Charles Rubin, Haruki Murakami, Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

A huge thank you to PlaceInvaders for last Thursday's fundraiser dinner and to Chef Anthony Lombardo of the upcoming She...
12/05/2017

A huge thank you to PlaceInvaders for last Thursday's fundraiser dinner and to Chef Anthony Lombardo of the upcoming SheWolf. As always it was a great crowd and a beautiful space! If you have not already, get on the mailing list for the next time this dining series is in town and get another unique tour of the wonders in Detroit real estate.

https://www.placeinvaders.com/tickets

CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE tomorrow evening NOVEMBER 30th and come hungry! Anthony Lombardo of Bacco Ristorante and soon to be ...
11/29/2017
Roman-inspired Italian restaurant coming to Midtown

CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE tomorrow evening NOVEMBER 30th and come hungry! Anthony Lombardo of Bacco Ristorante and soon to be She Wolf is cooking up a preview for us of the PlaceInvaders series this week and it will be FIVE COURSES and wine with some super awesome stuff including things like

butternut squash flan
whipped burrata
crispy parsnips
rapini salsa verde
fennel crumble

YES YES YES. Read more about She Wolf in the Detroit Metro Times here and purchase tickets through the link in the comments.

Any restaurant that can be described as "pasta-focused" automatically triggers this kind of response:  Turns out that the former executive chef of Bacco Ristorante in...

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