Being able to write well has allowed writers the ability to win everything from a historic inn in Maine to a 210-square-foot tiny home in Washington, D.C. In Detroit, working, low-income writers have the chance to win a renovated home of their own thanks to the non-profit, Write A House (full disclosure: Sarah Cox, the co-founder of Write A House is a former editor of Curbed Detroit). For this most recent round, approximately 220 poets and fiction and nonfiction writers submitted applications. Journalist Liana Aghajanian, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and more, won the second round this past fall.
The 1,100-square-foot bungalow was renovated by Zac Cruse Construction Company and designed by Patrick Thompson Design. Located near the other Write A House homes, it was bought in a foreclosure auction in 2012 for $1,000. Check out the before and after pics below.
[The home before the renovation. All photos Michelle and Chris Gerard]
In Write a House's first round in 2014, Casey Rocheteau won the opportunity to be the organization's first writer-in-residence. Rocheteau has been involved with spoken word and slam poetry for more than 10 years now and has released two albums as well as a collection of poetry. Her second collection of poetry will be published in early 2016, according to her website.
For those interested in applying to be a writer-in-residence in Write A House's next round, check out these tips Rocheteau published on the organization's blog.
Renovations of the third house are underway and applications for the next round will be announced this spring.