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Prospect Street Writers House

Prospect Street Writers House’s philosophy is embodied in poet Donald Hall’s maxim – “The friendship of writers is the history of literature.” Situated in the village of North Bennington, Vermont, Prospect Street celebrates written language and fosters literary discourse. Small classes, time to write, and good company form the basis of what this writers house will have to offer. The House is under construction now, with a completion date of 2020 and a planned start of programs in 2021. 

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Instruction

Prospect Street Writers House intends to offer short-term, limited-enrollment writing workshops designed and taught by respected writers. Our extended calendar, April through October, will permit programming at all skill levels and in many different genres and specialties. Workshops will range in length from a weekend to a two-week intensive. Informal readings and discussions led by visiting writers will take place after dinner, bringing the busy day to a close.

Community

Prospect Street brings together writers regardless of genre and experience. What the Writers House will provide is peace and quiet. Because the population at Prospect Street seldom exceeds twelve writers, the residency format supports interpersonal give-and-take while providing the opportunity for critical appraisal from one’s peers. A writer’s greatest resource being other writers, the congenial atmosphere at Prospect Street is conducive to making lifelong friendships, as well as professional contacts.

Encouragement

The experience of a Prospect Street residency can open the gate to creativity, jumpstart a stalled project, renew lagging confidence, and restore the solitary writer’s sense of community. There’s nothing quite as rich as the conversation between smart people interested in the same thing. Informal readings and discussions led by visiting writers will take place after dinner. Bennington College’s evening literary programming will be available to the Writers House. And the College’s library can be used by Prospect Street attendees.