X–SPACE: A Library Designed and Built By Its Students

Recently launched on Kickstarter, X-Space is a library designed and built by 108 8th graders at the REALM Charter School in Berkeley. X-Space started out as a project by the students in the Studio H class, an in-school design and build program offered to students in the 8th to 11th grade. The students were asked what they wanted from their school and the majority just wanted a place to read, relax,… Read more »


Free Homes to Writers in Detroit

A new nonprofit organization called Write a House is refurbishing three two-bedroom houses in Detroit and accepting applications for writers to move in, rent free. Their mission is to “to enliven the literary arts of Detroit by renovating homes and giving them to authors, journalists, poets, aka writers. It’s like a writer-in-residence program, only in this case we’re actually giving the writer the residence, forever.” Poets, journalists, novelists, and anyone who falls somewhere in between… Read more »


Free Amtrak Rides to Writers

Amtrak is now offering residencies to writers that want to set-up shop aboard Amtrak trains for long roundtrip rides dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. Jessica Gross, a New York City-based writer, took the first residency, traveling from NYC to Chicago and back, and documented her journey here. This concept of residencies could translate nicely to other environments that innately provide experiences  infused with self reflective time. Environments such as libraries and museums… Read more »