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 community events that focus on writing. Our current and past workshops and events are listed below:
The SVSU Center for Community Writing has partnered with the Saginaw Art Museum and other community organizations to create “The Quarantine Chronicles,” a website featuring artwork and writing from members of the GLBR about their experience during the current COVID-19 pandemic. So send us your poetry, poems, journal entries, artwork, photography, music, interviews, multi-media files, or other art that captures what it feels like to live during this time. Current submissions, and a link to submit, can be found here: https://www.saginawartmuseum.org/quarantinechronicles/
In 2020, the SVSU Wolohan Fellows partnered with students from Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy to create artwork to decorate another LFL, which is located in the SVRC Marketplace in Saginaw. Stop by and take a book or leave a book!
Because our community writing centers support literacy in our region, we're pleased to share our first Little Free Library (LFL) located in Bay County. In 2019, a fourth-grade class from Bangor Elementary School worked with the SVSU Kanzler Fellows to design and create our first LFL, and the entire school conducted a book drive to stock the library with great books for all ages. This LFL is located at Wenonah Park in Bay City. Stop by and take a book or leave a book!
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 and mailed to the incoming governor in January. These postcards have been featured in The Detroit Free Press.
Future Governor Postcard (301KB)
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 (although a few filtered in after election day) and mailed to the White House on January 11, Inauguration Day. Over 200 postcards were mailed from residents in the Saginaw community.