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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 Vermont village of North Bennington, Prospect Street celebrates written language and fosters literary discourse. Peace and quiet, time to write, and good company form the basis of what this writers residency will offer. The House is under construction now, with a completion date of early June 2020 and a planned start of programs in 2021. 

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Community

Prospect Street brings together writers regardless of genre and experience. What the Writers House will provide is tranquility and geniality. Because the population at Prospect Street seldom exceeds twelve writers, the residency format supports interpersonal give-and-take, while providing the opportunity for the support of one’s peers. A writer’s greatest resource being other writers, the congenial atmosphere at Prospect Street can be conducive to making lifelong friendships, as well as professional contacts. The Village of North Bennington is just down the hill.

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 deeply 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 on the campus a short walk away. And the College’s library is available to Prospect Street attendees.

Accommodations

The Writers House provides twelve bedrooms for residents. They are configured in three suites of four bedrooms, each with its own kitchenette and sitting room. Two suites offer bedrooms with private bath, while one suite has two shared bathrooms. The entire first floor is on grade and contains a handicap-accessible bedroom. There’s parking for sixteen cars. A Library, a Commons with a full kitchen, and a Hall for public readings comprise the first-floor common areas. A large garden terrace allows for al fresco dining, outdoor conversation, or a quiet place to read or write.