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:
During October 2018 the community writing centers, in conjunction with SVSU and the YWCA, sponsored a "Dear Future Michigan Governor" postcard campaign. Any Michigan resident was invited to use a pre-made postcard to share their thoughts, hopes, and/or concerns with the future governor of our state. Over 3,000 postcards were also distributed to 18 different school districts in Michigan. These postcards were collected by November 5, and will be mailed to the incoming governor in January.
Future Governor Postcard (301KB)
"Writing From the Inside Out" Creative Writing Workshops at the Saginaw Correctional Facility
For the past three years, SCWC tutors facilitated ten-week workshops for the Level One inmates at the Saginaw Correctional Facility each fall and winter semester. Over 30 inmates have participated in these workshops, which focus on writing fiction and poetry. This program was originally sponsored by a grant from Michigan Campus Compact, and are now supported by the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences.
In the summer of 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 was 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 by October 31 and mailed to the White House on January 11, Inauguration Day. Over 200 postcards were mailed from residents in the Saginaw community.