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COLLEGE PARK — The passion that novelist and poet Jack Kerouac continues to inspire in writers today is getting a boost at the bungalow home in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood. The Kerouac Project just announced it is increasing the number of aspiring authors accepted into its annual Writers Residency program.

The Kerouac House Project supports writers by providing them with residency as they create new books. The writer stay at the bungalow home in College Park where author Jack Kerouac once lived and worked. While the Kerouac House usually accepts four writers into the residency program, this year the number is being increased to six.

What is the Writers Residency Program?

The Kerouac House just announced that its Writers Residency Program is now open for submissions. As the directors noted in a news release, the program was “open again for submissions — with one important change! We are now hosting six writers per year instead of four, as we have done in the past.”

The back room at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando Florida. That brown chair is Jack's chair that he owned for years.

So, what changed? As the organizers noted, “Many writers aren’t able to put their lives on hold for three months and be away from family and work. So we thought it would be more manageable for people to handle two months instead of three.”

The six residencies are open to writers of any age living anywhere in the world, who want an opportunity for this stay in the historic cottage in Central Florida. Food and a $600 stipend are included. Writers are judged by the quality of their submission.

The submission period runs now through April 14, and the chosen writers will be notified in May. The first writer will start their residency on Sept. 1, 2024, and each residency lasts for seven weeks.

The 2024-2025 residency slots are:

  • Residency 1: Sept. 1-Oct. 20, 2024
  • Residency 2: Nov. 1-Dec. 22, 2024
  • Residency 3: Jan. 3-Feb. 23, 2025
  • Residency 4: March 1-April 20, 2025
  • Residency 5: May 1-June 22, 2025
  • Residency 6: July 1-Aug. 2, 2025

To those applying for one of those positions, Freeline Media wishes you Good Luck!

What is the Kerouac House Project?

Officially known as the Jack Kerouac Writers In Residence, this non-profit provides aspiring writers with the opportunity to live in the house where Jack Kerouac lived while writing his 1958 novel The Dharma Burns. Kerouac lived there rent free for three months, around the same time that his 1957 novel On The Road became a sensation.

The bungalow was preserved and is now known as the Kerouac House, created as a living and literary tribute to Kerouac and his enduring legacy.

For the past 20+ years, the directors have chosen four writers each year to spend three months at the house free of charge, giving them a place where they can focus on their literary projects. The writers also take advantage of quarterly literary readings and writing workshops held there.

This is a volunteer-run organization.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the terrifying book “Bloody Rabbit”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.

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