Detroit has taken the idea of having one's room of one's own to a new level. An organization called writeahouse.org plans to fix up and give away entire houses to emerging writers. An old friend from Detroit told me about this, and I was intrigued. Free houses to writers, now that's something you don't hear every day. Writers nowadays seem either to be paying to have their work published or writing for free.
Writers don't need to be from Michigan to apply. Those that apply have to show some financial need, live in the house they are granted for two years, blog about their experience (I could do that part), and basically be a pioneer. It's like the homesteading of early America except people won't be chopping down trees or planting crops, but instead writing in a once great city that has fallen on hard times. The entire experience could be a book in of itself.