The Bay Community Writing Center would not be able to exist without the support of community members. One member in particular has been extremely helpful in the implementation of and creation of our Center in the Wirt Library. Trish Burns serves as The Bay County Library System Director, and we are very grateful for all the work she has put in to help the BCWC! Here, she shares some thoughts on the Bay Community Writing Center and how it has impacted the library and its patrons.
"Our Bay County libraries are cultural hubs that transform the community by providing vital opportunities connecting people, ideas, and information. To stay aligned with that mission statement, we always look for chances to collaborate with different organizations to offer new and innovative programs for our patrons. A conversation with Helen Raica-Klotz, Director of the Writing Center at SVSU, was the impetus to provide free tutoring sessions for our patrons – regardless of age, skill level, or type of writing.
"The Bay Community Writing Center opened to great use in September of 2017 and has been successfully pulling patrons in for one on one sessions and special writing seminars. The low hum of conversation in the library between tutors and patrons is great to hear, and our patrons love the service. Nowhere else in the community can you find this sort of assistance – the Center is providing a much needed and well used service for our county.
"Patrons have shared their stories with staff members here. Each patron comes to the Center for tutoring for a different reason. A few examples - a grandmother came to get advice on the book she is writing for her grandchildren, a teen wanted some reaction to her poetry, and another student brought their idea for a term paper and received direction on how to grow the topic into a viable product. The work that the SVSU tutors do at our Center is professional yet personal and makes a difference in the lives of the people they help."
The Saginaw, Bay, and SVSU Writing Centers are proud to announce the winners of the Still Life poetry contest. The judges were impressed with all of the entries, and their decision-making process was difficult. We continue to be amazed by all the poets who live in our area.
Congratulations to our winners:
Shelby Bourbina (12 and Under Category)
Chin Lee (Age 13-18 Category)
Benjamin Champagne (Age 19+ Category)
For everyone who submitted a piece, even if you weren’t selected as a winner, your poem may still be included in the Still Life journal. Keep an eye on your email! In the next few weeks, we will notify the poets whose works will be included in the journal, and we will work with these writers to edit their pieces for publication. We’ll also ask those writers to include a short biographical statement. All poets who submitted to the contest will receive at least a few lines of individualized feedback about their work from the judges.
Then, in the coming weeks and months, you can expect to receive emails about the Still Life poetry reading to be held in January or February 2018. We’ll be able to share print copies of the publication with the larger community at that time. You won't want to miss it!
Finally, you should know a local donor has agreed to publish Still Life annually for the next five years! Start writing for that next issue, which, we hope, will include both poetry and prose.
Congratulations, again, to our three winners and to all of you for your work as writers. Keep writing, and come visit your community writing, where you can get feedback on all of your writing and participate in our creative writing workshops!
The Bay Community Writing Center is happy to announce that our Grand Opening was a HUGE SUCCESS! We had 32 people attend to discuss our services and support our cause. Thank you so much to everyone who attended! During the grand opening, we had visitors write a short blurb with the prompt "I write because...". These will be posted around the Wirt Library and shared through our social media outlets. Please check them out - the thoughts shared are amazing!
Also, CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our door prizes! Philipp Lehmann won the Nook Reader, Suzanne Sunshower won a signed copy of David Sedaris' book Holidays on Ice, and Jullie Tran won The Collected Works of Sherlock Holmes.
Thank you again to all who made this night so special! Be sure to check out our Fall Schedule for all the days and times we are open.
The Bay Community Writing Center will be open for business on Tuesday, October 3rd from 4-8pm. Our workshop will be about writing resumes and cover letters from 6-7:30! We hope to see you all there!
Hello everyone, and welcome to the Bay Community Writing Center’s blog! After spending two years in Saginaw at the Saginaw Community Writing Center, we are so excited to open our second community writing center here in Bay City. We know it will be amazing.
Sometimes, people ask me what we do, exactly, at the community writing center. We do a lot. We work with high school students on their college application essays, adult writers on updating the resume for a job, middle school students on school essays, grandfathers writing short stories for their children, and other community members writing a letter to their state representative. Our tutors, all students from SVSU, are smart and kind people, who work individually with each writer to make sure their writing is as powerful as it can be. More than that, we take the time to get to know our writers, so the help we provide fits each person’s individual needs.
And because writing is used for all sorts of tasks, we do writing workshops on all sorts of topics. These are hands-on workshops, designed to not just provide information, but to get each participant drafting, writing, and/or revising. Besides that, there are a great deal of fun.
Finally, we usually hold a series of writing contests and events every year, and we publish a literary journal, Still Life, every winter, which features the writing of members of the Great Lakes Bay region. For more information about our contests, events, and upcoming submission guidelines for Still Life, check back on our weebly site.
Okay – I think that’s it for now. We hope to see you soon at your community writing center!
Writing Center Director
Emma Kirsch is the Coordinator for both the Saginaw and Bay Community Writing Centers. As Coordinator, she not only develops and facilitates workshops, partners with community members, and distributes promotional materials, but also works alongside tutors both in the community and as a tutor at Saginaw Valley State University’s Writing Center.