Nobody ever said writing was easy. It’s a series of highs followed by another series of lows. Each of us has things that creates those ups and downs for us.
Back in June, I applied for a writing residency that the city of Detroit was offering, which came with a FREE, NEWLY RENOVATED HOUSE. This is a program the city is attempting to reinvigorate its population by seeding communities with writers, who, they hope, will foster growth build around the arts. There are several arts communities in the outlying suburbs surrounding Detroit, and they’re trying to improve those communities in this way. It’s an interesting and creative approach, to be sure.
This first giveaway garnered nearly 400 applicants. I was one of them. Being from Michigan and thinking that I wanted to return to my roots gave me extra incentive to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime program.
Today, I received this:
Hi, Christian.Thank you for emailing to follow up and thank you so much for applying for the first round of this groundbreaking “writer’s residency” in Detroit. We received about 350 applications in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from all over the United States. We regret to inform you that you were not selected as one of our top finalists.