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Samuel James Stover – October/November 2020

When I arrived in Good Hart, the leaves were all yellow and marigold, crimson and ochre. In the time I’ve been here, the leaves have fallen, but somehow Good Hart remains just as beautiful in its winter hues.

Perhaps one of the most difficult things about writing – and I’m sure about any art form – is that so much of the labor of it is conducted alone, often with little encouragement, nor any promise of success. Your willingness to invest in my novel, to grant the time and the space necessary to write it is the truest form of encouragement anyone can offer.’

Zora O’Neill – February 2020

Thank you 

  • Cozy house with high ceilings and grand windows that gave me room to expand…
  • Cozy bed in which I dreamed I was flying over Northern Michigan, all black trees below. 
  • Real cooks kitchen, with a sharp knife and everything else at hand. 
  • Freezer of endless bounty 
  • Artists who have been here before me, for all the work on the walls that made me see the landscape in new ways. 
  • The lake, a body of wonder! It helped me get in the head of a character seeing the sea for the first time.

Timothy E. Bradley – October 2019

I had been struggling with change upon coming here, having experienced a recent loss that had the sting of permanence. But with change winking at me from the hills, brushing past me on my walks, and surfacing in so many conversations, I feel like I know how to do it better now.  By letting go, moving through, cycling, accepting, marveling, and sharing.

Meagan Lucas – September – October 2019

I arrived in Good Hart four weeks and two days after the release of my first novel, tired, a little beat up, and overflowing with impostor syndrome. 

I am not leaving the same person. 

I am physically restored. The beauty of this place – this apartment with its beautiful light and comfy bed, and the natural loveliness of Northern Michigan – the fresh air, and my evenings at the beach watching the waves crash and the sun fall into Lake Michigan.

Creatively, I just typed “the end” on the first draft of my second novel. It’s been more than a year and a half coming, writing is an awful lot like mining, groping around in the dark looking for something that will eventually shine, but I found a gem here in Good Hart and I’m astounded by the amount and quality of work I’ve done here. This residency has given me the time and the space to reconnect with my practice and my muse. To find the joy in the work and to fall in love with writing again.

Andrea Novak – August 2019

I have enjoyed every minute of peace this beautiful place has to offer. My time getting to know myself and my practice again is a gift I will treasure always. 

People can find a “home” many places in a lifetime… a house… people… experiences that touch your heart. I will always think of this place as just that.