Support Write616 through AmazonSmile

Your everyday shopping on Amazon can support non-profit organizations across the country.

If you begin your Amazon shopping experience by going to then 0.5 percent of your sales amount will be shared with Write616 — this is a year-round, standing program by Amazon. But as a special bonus, during the period March 12 to March 31, Amazon will triple that donation, to 1.5 percent.

Bookmark that link: If your shopping trip starts there, then we’ll see an Amazon donation.

For reference, in 2017 GLCL had earned nearly $100 in donations from AmazonSmile.

Thank you for supporting the craft of writing in West Michigan!

Video Recap: Writers Squared (October, 2017)

The Writers Squared series connects seasoned authors in dialogue about their work. In October, the GLCL hosted its final series of the year with poets Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Eric Torgersen and Marc J. Sheehan. They spoke, specifically, about their experiences with small-press publications.

Couldn’t attend? Never fear; you can watch from the comfort of your own home:

GLCL Writers Squared from Wealthy Theatre on Vimeo.

Thanks to the Community Media Center/Wealthy Theater for the expert videography.

In 2017, the Writers Squared series was supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council. Phillip Sterling, program director.

GLCL is now Write616!

Introducing Write616!

Happy New Year from all of us on the Board of Directors!

As you all know, 2017 was a year of transition for the organization, and as we ring in 2018, we’re looking forward to harnessing all the wonderful momentum of the new year to springboard some of our new developments. Among the things you can look forward to seeing in 2018 are a new name, a new website, a new currency—really!—and lots of exciting new programming! We’ll be implementing changes gradually throughout the first few months of the year to make the transition as seamless as possible.

In our search for a new name, we aimed for something simple and relatable, one that would reflect our goals of broader community outreach and cohesion. Write616 will be an organization that carries forward the best parts of the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, building on them to foster a thriving, interconnected literary community. We’re very excited to continue this journey with all of you.

Here are just a few of our 2018 Write616 series:

We’ll also be continuing to hold one-off events throughout the year, as well as some delightfully creative fundraising events, so keep an eye on our calendar and Facebook page for updates!

Look forward to an upcoming email with more information about changes in our online presence, and the many other ways you can interact with the organization. In the short run, you’ll still see some co-branded material using the GLCL name as we complete our transition, and we’ll still maintain (for a short time) the existing GLCL website and email accounts under the domain.

Thank you for your support as we have navigated the transitions of the past year. We look forward to building an even better community with all of you.

Wishing you all joy in the new year,

Write616 Board of Directors

… In with the New!

Welcome to 2018! The prior year is gone, filled with (we hope) happy memories and much personal growth.

Likewise, GLCL is gone—at least as a brand identity. In with the new: Welcome to Write616.

We’ve got a lot in store for you. Stay tuned.