Happy New Year from all of us on the Board of Directors!
As you all know, 2017 was a year of transition for the organization, and as we ring in 2018, we’re looking forward to harnessing all the wonderful momentum of the new year to springboard some of our new developments. Among the things you can look forward to seeing in 2018 are a new name, a new website, a new currency—really!—and lots of exciting new programming! We’ll be implementing changes gradually throughout the first few months of the year to make the transition as seamless as possible.
In our search for a new name, we aimed for something simple and relatable, one that would reflect our goals of broader community outreach and cohesion. Write616 will be an organization that carries forward the best parts of the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, building on them to foster a thriving, interconnected literary community. We’re very excited to continue this journey with all of you.
Here are just a few of our 2018 Write616 series:
- Get Pressed
- The Business of Writing: provides guidance and insight for writers seeking publication. Our introductory session on Tuesday, January 16th is free: https://www.readwritelive.org/activities/get-pressed-the-business-of-writing-and-publishing/. Register for the workshop on January 21st here: https://www.readwritelive.org/product/get-pressed-the-business-of-writing-workshop/
- Get Rejected
- Writing Submission Parties: tips for submitting and lists of open journals, contests, and prizes
- Get Rejected Open Mic: quarterly opportunities for writers to share their rejected pieces on the mic
- Get Accepted: year-end celebration of accepted work
- Get Lit
- Reading Michigan Writers: connecting writers with a local readership. We’re partnering with KDL to bring you this reading series. Information on the first event is here: https://www.readwritelive.org/activities/get-lit-reading-michigan-writers/
- The Writers Squared series pairs experienced authors in dialogue about their craft.
- Get Feedback
- Poetry Roundtables: continuing our GLCL program with small group critiques of poetry
- Get Writing
- Writers Under 30: once again, we’ll continue this successful GLCL program bringing together young writers. The relaunch event will be on January 25th, more information is available here: https://www.readwritelive.org/activities/writers-under-30-relaunch/
- Craft of Writing Workshops: learn about different aspects of the writer’s craft
We’ll also be continuing to hold one-off events throughout the year, as well as some delightfully creative fundraising events, so keep an eye on our calendar and Facebook page for updates!
Look forward to an upcoming email with more information about changes in our online presence, and the many other ways you can interact with the organization. In the short run, you’ll still see some co-branded material using the GLCL name as we complete our transition, and we’ll still maintain (for a short time) the existing GLCL website and email accounts under the readwritelive.org domain.
Thank you for your support as we have navigated the transitions of the past year. We look forward to building an even better community with all of you.
Wishing you all joy in the new year,
Write616 Board of Directors