Announcement: Executive Director Position

Write616 is pleased to share that for 2019, we’re embarking on an exciting journey to build a major, regionally significant event. To successfully execute on this work, and to collaborate effectively with our community partners, we’re establishing a part-time executive director position.

Our new executive director will oversee daily operations of Write616 and take point in leading our efforts to execute on this event. In addition, the E/D will supervise future hires and work closely with the board of directors to ensure effective long-term governance and strategy.

The catch? The first part of the tenure is uncompensated while we put into place the necessary funding and strategic partnerships necessary to make this event a success.

If you’re interested, visit to get started with an application. We only accept applications through our online talent portal; we cannot accept resumes by email or expressions of interest by email or telephone. Send us questions through our Contact Us page.

(And if you’re wondering what this mysterious major event might be — stay tuned for our grand unveiling!)

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!

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.