On a recent Other People Podcast, Brad Listi and guest Spencer Madsen discuss the possibility of starting up a writers colony in “wrecked” place, somewhere like Detroit or another place. Since I have an abiding fascination with Detroit and once seriously thought about joining a commune (I got a brochure at least), that makes me qualified to write about this (of course it does).
With apologies to Boost House, I don’t think this will work. Here’s why.
1) Writers aren’t organized
2) Writers have big dreams but little know-how
3) Writers can only stand each other for a limited amount of time, then they need other people to complain about how bad of people writers are (see “drama,” “AWP”)
4) Wait, this is called college
5) Writers like pizza, but would not want to actually make pizza
6) Writers need other hobbies than just “colonizing” to procrastinate from actually writing
7) The Breadloaf / Yaddo Industrial Complex would never let it take off in a meaningful way
8) Writers need beautiful places or busy places to be “inspired,” not sad places; they’d rather be the sad people in amazing places
9) Writers need people to take advantage of their ideas (see “Hollywood”)
10) A fight would break out over if they were being true to their vision or if it was just a “simulacrum of a simulacrum”
11) Writers would gather, then get mad when other people wrote about subjects they didn’t like, causing the new writers to start another colony
ps: Should it be “writers’ colony” or “writers colony,” please advise, thanks.