We are writing to let you know that we are stepping down from directing the SVSU Community Writing Center.
We had requested release time from our full-time teaching at the university for this upcoming academic year,
and we were granted some time to be able to finish a few grant- and donor-sponsored projects linked to the Center for Community Writing (including Still Life, our community literary journal; a partnership to develop a writing center at Western HS; the Vada Dow Workshop for Area Teachers; and the Michigan Authors Workshop Series). However, the allotted time doesn’t permit us to continue to run the SVSU Community Writing Center, the Saginaw Bay Writing Project, the upcoming Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival, the summer writing camp for
middle and high school students, and the number of other projects associated with our community writing work. As you likely know, SVSU, like many universities, has limited resources available as a result of the pandemic. Therefore, we are unable to continue much of our community writing work.
We had planned to open our Community Writing Center for face-to-face writing consultations and writing workshops on site at the Butman-Fish and Wirt Libraries beginning September 2, while continuing to provide online writing support through our website, communitywritingcenter.com. At this point, we are unable to do
so. However, we are told SVSU remains committed to supporting the Community Writing Center in some form in
Therefore, the SVSU Community Writing Center will temporarily close for both online and face-to-face consultations and workshops as of August 31. We hope that this writing center will be able to reopen in the
future and continue to serve the writers of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
In the meantime, to view recorded videos of our writing workshops or to learn more about our Center’s history and past services to the Great Lakes Bay Region, community members continue to can visit our website, communitywritingcenter.com.
We wanted to thank each of you: our writers who have participated in our writing workshops, writing consultations, and various writing events; our community partners, who have given us resources, advice, and support; and our donors, who have generously provided funding for our various projects. We consider ourselves fortunate to have worked with all of you over the past six years.
Helen Raica-Klotz and Chris Giroux,
Co-directors of the Community Writing Center.