Write616 is the next-phase evolution of the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters.
GLCL—founded in 2013 by a team including Roni Devlin, ZG Tomaszewski and Josh Weston—sprung from Dr. Devlin’s experience running the Literary Life Bookstore & More at the corner of Wealthy & Eastern in Grand Rapids, Mich. After the bookstore closed, GLCL opened.
From GLCL’s old website:
Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters is a non-profit writers’ center dedicated to encouraging, promoting and celebrating the craft of writing, the endeavors of writers, and the importance of the literary arts in the communities of the Great Lakes region. Founded in 2013, GLCL offers reading series, craft talks, classes and workshops, Great Lakes author book launches, teen and young-adult programming, writing contests, consultations with professional regional writers, and much more.
Our goal is to cultivate and foster a dynamic community of writers, readers, students and scholars to share in the joy and passion of writing. Ultimately, we believe the craft of writing is crucial to a well-balanced life; it explores and touches all aspects of the human condition, and should be open to those of all backgrounds and ages—enriching, supporting and documenting our stories.
At the end of 2016, Dr. Devlin left the board of directors. Over 2017, GLCL continued to offer programming—including poetry roundtables and the Writers Squared series, which in 2017 was supported in part by a grant by the Michigan Humanities Council.
Over 2017, the GLCL board re-examined our purpose, our mission and our infrastructure. With Roni gone and our access to The Hub removed, we had to find ways to keep the organization alive while fine-tuning our service offerings to support the rich diversity of talent flourishing in the West Michigan community.
Welcome to Write616!
Re-launched in December 2017, Write616 carries forward the GLCL’s mission in a new way, with a new emphasis and new programming.
Mission. Write616 is a creative resource center dedicated to cultivating a thriving literary community in our own backyard. We support the craft of writing by providing opportunities for writers to build their skills, platform and readership—and for writers and readers to connect.
Purpose. Our programming supports the lifecycle of a writer, from cultivating craft to building a strong readership.
Vision. We believe that sharing our experiences through the written word is a critical part of a well-balanced life and a healthy community. We create spaces where readers and writers of all levels can connect.