National Writers Series: Front Street Writers Classes Available

September 18, 2021 November 14, 2021
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We’re Looking for a Few Good Student Writers

The National Writers Series is best known for bringing hundreds of A-list literary talents to Traverse City for over a decade, but not everyone knows that one of the main reasons we host our year-round book festival is so we can support young writers right here in our community. Our Raising Writers programs help students in 4th-12th grade express themselves, explore the world through reading, develop their imaginations, and think critically.

Our Raising Writers programs come in all shapes and sizes, including four annual college scholarships and the popular Battle of the Books trivia contest. At the heart of this programming is Front Street Writers, an acclaimed writing program developed from a grassroots campaign of dedicated volunteers, teachers, donors, and Michigan authors.

What’s New for Raising Writers

Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new iteration of Front Street Writers. This year, we’re offering three ways to get involved with creative writing for middle school and high school students.

The best part about this program? We’re offering free enrollment in all of these classes. We believe creative expression should be accessible to all of the students we serve in the five-county northern Michigan region (Grand Traverse, Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties).

Our Fall Offerings
• Creative Writing Intensive (fall semester)
• College Essay Writing Workshop (9/18/21)
• Masterclass with Mary Roach (9/20/21)
• Screenwriting Workshop (10/2/21 and 10/9/21)
• Playwriting Workshop (11/13/21 and 11/14/21)

Stay tuned for more—a Poetry Workshop from Ari Mokdad and an Author Masterclass from Angeline Boulley will be added soon!

If you know a student writer, please share these classes with them and encourage them to apply. Space is limited for these classes and applications for the Creative Writing Intensive are due on September 15th.

Our Members

Organizations

Benzie Historical Society

Blissfest Music Organization

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Charlevoix Circle of Arts

City Opera House

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Downtown Development Authority

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Good Hart Artist Residency

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Jordan River Arts Council

Leelanau Historical Society

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series

Northport Art Association

Old Town Playhouse

OrdinaryVirtues.com

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Raven and Lotus LLC

The Croft Residency

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Traverse City Arts Commission

Traverse City Dance Project

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Twisted Fish Gallery

Up North Arts

Voices Without Borders

Individuals

Amanda Kik

Becky Lancaster

Daniel Stewart

Edward Kocher

Elizabeth Calcutt

Gary Gatzke

Greta Bolger

H. Eleanor Jones

Heather Harris-Brady

Ian Jones

Jared Oosterhart

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Leslie Donaldson

Linda Dewey

Maia Hausler

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Melissa Johnson

Mercedes Michalowski

Michelle Bien

Molly Thompson

Monica Stokes

Nick Walsh

Renee Hintz

Sharon Hubbard

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Walter J. Lee

Our Members

Organizations

Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series

OrdinaryVirtues.com

Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

The Croft Residency

Individuals

Gary Gatzke

Ian Jones

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Molly Thompson

Renee Hintz

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

Jared Oosterhart

H. Eleanor Jones

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