The Jack Kerouac Writers In Residence Project Of Orlando, Inc., is in its twentieth year of service as a grassroots registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Central Florida incubating the careers of writers and poets, inspiring creativity, and building a literary community that honors the spirit of Jack Kerouac’s legacy. This is done through the Writers-In-Residence program run in the historic Kerouac House in College Park, Florida, (a suburb of Orlando). Four writers a year are chosen to each spend three months at the house free of charge to concentrate on their literary projects. As well, through quarterly literary readings and writing workshops held at the Kerouac House we seek to expose audiences to the craft of writing and the joy of storytelling. We are a volunteer-run organization that works hard to connect with and encourage writers locally, nationally and internationally.
WE BELIEVE THAT:
- It’s important to maintain Jack Kerouac’s legacy in our community.
- Writers, poets, playwrights, and other artists enhance and add value to our community.
- Creative expression should be nurtured, inspired and supported.
- Providing a safe haven and creating a comfortable space to enrich the work of writers is central to our mission.
- Providing a platform where all writers, regardless of race or creed, can come together to share, grow and be encouraged furthers artistic development and enriches the local community.
For twenty years, members of the Kerouac Project have worked hard to achieve the goals set out at the organization’s founding. Today the Kerouac House is preserved as an historic place on the National Register of Historic Places. the home is well maintained and houses a thriving, internationally renowned writer-in-residence program.