Because we believe good writing happens inside the community, the Community Writing Centers collaborate with community organizations to provide on-site workshops for community residents, along with events for the community that focus on writing. Some of these workshops and events are listed below:
In Fall 2106 and Winter 2017, SCWC tutors facilitated two ten-week workshops for the Level One inmates at the Saginaw Correctional Facility. Over 15 inmates participated in these workshops, which focused on writing fiction and poetry. This program was sponsored by a grant from Michigan Campus Compact, and supported by Dr. Vince Samarco, Creative Writing faculty at SVSU. In Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, SCWC tutors will continue these two ten-week workshops, supported by Dr. Chris Giroux, Writing Center Assistant Director. This year's workshops are sponsored by the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences.
In Spring/Summer 2017, SVSU the Saginaw Community Writing Center provided a creative writing workshop for homeless teens of Saginaw County. This workshop focused on personal writing and poetry, encouraging the participants to use creative writing as a form of self-expression. This program is sponsored by the Saginaw chapter of My Brother's Keeper.
During October 2016, the SCWC sponsored a "Dear Future President" postcard campaign. Any member of the Saginaw community was invited to use a pre-made postcard to share their thoughts, hopes, and/or concerns with the future leader of our country. These postcards were collected October 31 and mailed to the White House January 11, Inauguration Day. Over 200 postcards were mailed from residents in the Saginaw community.