Creating new voices from the inside out.

Fall in love with a new character on the page.

Don’t be fooled. That gentle stirring is your next character raging to break free. Let them in.

Building Character & Playing God is The Tuxedo Project’s fall creative writing workshop designed to introduce you to those nagging characters you’ve been sitting with for a while — no matter how much other writing you may have produced.

Honoring the importance of writing alone and recognizing the power of writing others, this program is ideal for writers and storytellers seeking to develop new characters, sharpen their narrative voices, and deepen their relationship to their writing practice.

This program is free and open to writers of all experience levels. It also requires active participation in all exercises and readings given in-person and remotely. Although you are not required to share the writing you produce, you are encouraged to do so. This is a space for safe and collaborative learning and experimentation.


  • October 17-22 | Building Character from a Scratch - REMOTE (Workshop prep work)

  • October 24 & 31 | Generative writing workshops at The Tuxedo Project*

  • November 1-30 | Solo writing time + Private instruction - REMOTE

  • December 5 & 12 | Group workshop / Manuscript critique*


 *In-person sessions take place @ 6:30-9:00pm at The Tuxedo Project Literary Center (7122 Tuxedo Street)


We are Leveraging the Literary ARTs, education anD neighborhood stabilization to rebuild the neighborhood around Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Henderson's childhood home in Detroit. 





The Challenge

What would you do if you found your childhood home abandoned, and blighted?

What if every memory of a loved one were inside the house, trapped in the decay?   

What if the block, the neighborhood and much of the city around the home were also besieged by 50,000 properties sunken by abandonment and decay? 

Would you be inspired to take action? 




The Solution

Stephen Henderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and radio and television host, faced that challenge in the blighted visage of his childhood home at 7124 Tuxedo, on Detroit's west side.

His answer is The Tuxedo Project, which transformed his childhood home into a writers' residence and literary center, and is now finding futures for the other blighted properties on the block, and in the neighborhood. The idea is to see how one person's effort, in one house, can spread to make change in an entire area. 

The project's goal is to improve the quality of life for the people who live around Henderson's childhood home - through literary arts, blight removal and other developments. 

Henderson's effort has been joined by a major foundation, an important academic institution in the city of Detroit, his classmates from a premier Detroit high school, and more than 100 individual donors.  


One house, one block, one neighborhood at a time.  

That's how we are approaching rebirth in Detroit