Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Property description

The EGR Writers House, as can be seen in the photographs, is a house built in 1900 which was later split into two condo units, each 800 sq. ft., with two bedrooms (one large, one small) and bathroom on the second floor, (making them not handicap accessible), an outside space, kitchen, and living room on the first floor, and a basement with storage, washer and dryer. Given the age of the construction, and the wood structural beams, both units are non-smoking, and no open flames (candles).
It is within walking distance of the airport, with local taxis, national bus service, connections to and from other southern areas of Maine, as well as Boston and New York. There is a dedicated parking area in the back, and cars are how most get around.
Maine has a number of private colleges within under an hour's drive: Bowdoin (Brunswick); Bates (Lewiston/Auburn); Colby (Waterville). The are other colleges, as well as the University of Maine system.
The city of Augusta has big box stores, chain restaurants, as well as local shops and eating establishments. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A thank you

To the local companies and employees which and who made a house split into condos a home for writers: S. J. Wood Construction (Phil); Hammond Lumber (Chip); Dave's Appliance (Kerry); New Beginnings Flooring; Downeast Energy (Darren); Portland Glass; Collette Monuments (Luc); Maranacook Masonry (Steve); Mackenzie Landscaping (Renee). The professionalism, friendliness, humor all made, and continue to make, the EGR Writers House function for those working here.
To Amos Byron and Matt Otterson at Kennebec Savings Bank for their investment management services, which allowed an eighty year old trust to safely move from New York and Dallas to around the corner in Augusta, Maine.
To Tavis Hasenfus, co-trustee and attorney, who will inherit what this becomes.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Trustees, Board

The EGR Writers House is privately funded by the EGR Writers Trust under an agreement dating from 2015. As originally envisioned, the trust would provide free housing with a stipend at a former one room schoolhouse in Monmouth upon the death of the Settlor. With the sale of the schoolhouse, relocation to Augusta, and the purchase of a second condo unit, the strategy shifted.
Under the terms of the Trust, there are two trustees who work with Kennebec Savings Bank Wealth Management. Their responsibility is overseeing the assets under management. They determine the annual budget, based on income projections.
There will be a five member board, two of whom might be connected to MWPA, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The other three members have not been determined. The unpaid board is tasked with decisions connected to the budget, such as how large any stipend can reasonably be offered, what expenses are anticipated, what maintenance planned, what are the House Rules, and, most important, how does it find each year's writers in residence, and what, if any, community engagement should be requested.
That stated, the opportunity to purchase a second condo unit has allowed the Writers House to open its doors in the Summer of 2017. To do so, however, it could only offer subsidized housing for writers, as defined elsewhere.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Contact Information, questions

The EGR Writers House does not currently offer stipends, scholarships, have a board or committee, require an application. Someone who was accepted at another arts program in Maine noted that the lack of a complicated process was a plus, so this has been copied. The opportunity might be compared to taking on an unpaid internship as a step into the job market.
It is hoped that the house, in regular use by writers, will bring definition to it, rather than the imposition of a structure which doesn't work, which doesn't meet needs. Anyone in residence will be given a standard, annual lease. Winthrop Smith, Trustee of the EGR Writers House, invites any and all questions or suggestions. He can be reached by email: mainepoet@gmail.com or by mail: 28 Blaine Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330.
(To view Winthrop Smith's work-in-progress: takedownportraits.blogspot.com or published work: Amazon.com.)

EGR Writers House

Located at 26 and 28 Blaine Avenue in Augusta, Maine 04330, the EGR Writers House provides subsidized housing for writers. Its roots are similar to an unpaid internship as a step into the job market.
A writer is defined by one or more of the following: he/she is currently a college student with a major in creative writing and/or English; he/she has graduated from college with a major in creative writing and/or English; he/she has one foot working on a creative writing project, such as a book, and one foot in the work world. It is important that the Writers House welcome anyone who feels his/her identify tied to creative written expression, whether or not college can, or will, play a part in that.
Subsidized is defined as rented for a year at the projected cost of maintenance, including heat, hot water, water/sewer taxes, property insurance, property taxes, propane, etc. The rent is currently $600/month, which is below market for the two bedroom, 800 sq. ft. condo on two floors with a full basement, washer and dryer, outdoor patio, on site parking.
The Writers House encourages any writers to become residents, but especially those from minority groups, such as the LGBTQ community, whose subject matter (writing content) might not always be welcome.

Property description

The EGR Writers House, as can be seen in the photographs, is a house built in 1900 which was later split into two condo units, each 800 sq....