“Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once.”                      


– Mary Oliver

The Prime House, a Colonial-era home in the heart of Sag Harbor, offers this kind of quiet contemplation for up to five writers at time. We welcome writers of all kinds -- established and emerging, fiction and non-fiction, poets and screenwriters, young and senior, writers of color, local writers and LGBTQ voices. We are committed to providing them with the time and space they need to create and to bringing them into the community for readings, workshops and classroom visits. 


Established by April Gornik and Eric Fischl, Prime House will operate as a non-profit entity under the auspices of the Edge and Center Foundation, allowing us to accept contributions from foundations and individuals. 


Our mission is in keeping with the long literary tradition of Sag Harbor, home to generations of writers – including the original owner of the home, Nathaniel S. Prime who wrote an early history of Long Island – as well as John Steinbeck, Spalding Grey, E.L. Doctorow, Betty Friedan, Robert Caro and Colson Whitehead, to name just a few. 



For more information about how to support our work, and to inquire about a residency,

please contact Patricia McCormick, info@theprimehouse.org



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