Meet the Teams

What’s a Great Write-Off without teams to compete against?  You can join up, sponsor a writer, create a team, or check out the writers who are already involved.  All proceeds go to one of six fantastic causes. The organizations include:

826michigan  826michigan is one of eight 826 writing centers in the country. The organization was founded by writer Dave Eggers in 2002 at 826 Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District.  All programs are offered at no charge and are based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826michigan offers tutoring, writing workshops at their site and in local classrooms, and opportunities for students, ages 6-18, to publish their original writing.

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Dzanc Books  Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to advance literary readership and advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings offered across the country. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Dzan: publicshes innovative fiction, supports several editorially independent imprints and literary journals, provides low-cost writing instruction to beginning and emerging writers by connecting them with accomplished authors through the innovative Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions, runs a writers-in-residence program that puts published authors in public schools, awards an annual prize to support a writer whose work shows literary excellence and who is engaged in community service, and organizes a writing conference held in Portugal.

Fiction Writers Review  Fiction Writers Review (FWR) was founded in 2008 to create a venue for discussing books and writing that was serious but informal, supportive yet rigorous. In short: to provide a forum for in-depth conversations about the craft of fiction, literature, and the writing life. And, in doing so, to support and promote the work of emerging writers by highlighting their books, publishing their work, and fostering a literary community. From the beginning, the goal was to create an online book review: a place to review fiction, interview authors, and publish essays on craft. When it launched in 2008, Fiction Writers Review had only a single editor and a handful of writers who volunteered their writing and support. Today, the organization has more than a dozen editors on the masthead and nearly 100 contributors across the U.S. and abroad.

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The National Writers Series  The National Writers Series is a non-profit, year-round book festival dedicated to great conversations with America’s best writers. Its motto: A Book In Every Hand On Main Street. NWS believes that literature is an important part of everyone’s everyday life and that captivating writing should be a part of the daily swirl of the town square. NWS’s educational mission is to inspire young writers to explore making literature as a way of life and as a livelihood. As such, it has awarded, to date, $18,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school students. In September 2012, in partnership with Traverse City Area Public Schools, the National Writers Series created and operates the Front Street Writers studio, a for-credit, tuition-free and rigorous creative writing program for high school students led by publishing writers-in-residence and NWS’s main stage authors who lead master classes with the students.

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The Neutral Zone  The Neutral Zone’s nationally renowned Literary Arts Program, now entering its 14th year, offers high-school aged students three exciting avenues to get involved in reading and writing. The VOLUME Youth Poetry Project attracts 15-20 students to weekly poetry workshops and the Short Story Workshop attracts 15-20 students to weekly fiction workshops. Red Beard Press publishes 4-5 books a year and allows to gain entrepreneurial experience running an independent publishing business as well as hands-on experience editing, designing, and marketing books. In addition, the Literary Arts program host numerous dynamic events such as Poetry Night in Ann Arbor; the five-night, four-school Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam; the state-wide Michigan Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam; a week-long Creative Writing Camp called The VOLUME Summer Institute and a two-day How-to-teach-Creative Writing conference for local educators