Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) is a Writers' Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We have a simple, but vital mission: to encourage, promote, and celebrate the literary endeavors of writers in the Great Lakes region.
GLCL is planning an array of activities to thwart those winter blahs. Poets, you can enter our Sonnet Writing Contest.
Fiction more your thing? Enter the Festival of the Arts Short Fiction Contest through March 31 via Submittable.
Check out the GLCL Events Calendar for readings, workshops, book launches, the Writers Squared series, and other events.
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THE GREAT MICHIGAN READ AT GLCL
February is a month of celebration of the Great Michigan Read at GLCL! The 2015-16 Great Michigan Read title is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven was on the New York Times best-seller list for eight weeks, and was one of the best-reviewed books in 2014. The film and TV rights for the novel have been acquired by producer Scott Steindorff. The questions raised in this novel will make you think about what it means to be human, why we fight for survival, and the need we have to connect, to mark history, and to create a future. Here at GLCL, we also think the novel can be an inspiration and a focus of craft discussion for other writers. So, throughout the month of February, we invite you to take part in our Wednesday Write-In Sessions, our Community Book Discussion led by authors Phillip Sterling and Betty Stolarek, and our Poetry Roundtable Workshop. All of these events are held at GLCL's venue, are free, and are open to the public.
Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL), in cooperation with the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC), is thrilled to announce our 2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest with final judge Keith Taylor. Submissions cost $5.00 and will run from January 1, 2016 - March 15, 2016; you can submit your entry here.
The winning sonnet will be celebrated with a uniquely designed broadside by KBAC, while three honorable mentions will be invited for publication on GLCL's Fresh Ink blog. You can find out more about the contest here. Good luck!
The Proust Questionnaire
When the author Marcel Proust was a teenager, he responded to a questionnaire in an English-language confessional album; the questions were intended to reveal the tastes and aspirations of the respondent. More recently, a version of the questionnaire has become a back-page favorite featuring celebrities in Vanity Fair magazine. We think it works well for the literati of Michigan, too.
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