Traverse City Events: This week the National Writers Series introduced the Traverse City community to their new Front Street Writers Offices. Located in downtown Traverse City at 123 W. Front Street, this space marks the National Writers Series' first ever designationd and stationary space, and will house both the National Writers Series' offices and their new Front Street Writers Program, beginning in fall of 2012.
The National Writers Series, which founder, author and Traverse City local Doug Stanton said used to be "run from member's kitchen tables," is trying something revolutionary in their new home. Working with the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), they will offer "Master's Classes" for local high school juniors and seniors. In these classes, students will get the chance to interact with the acclaimed writers that the NWS brings in, as well as with MFA writing instructors.
Stanton and the rest of the National Writers Series' members hope to "create a private school experience for public school students;" and are collaborating with Michael Delp, local author and long time instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy, to craft a curriculum for the young writers. In addition to meeting with famous authors, the students will be participating in a workshop environment, which will help hone essential writing and analyzation skills. Students will get also get the chance to submit their work to the NWS Scholarship program, which has in the past awarded a total of $18,500 to students in Northern Michigan.
Described by Stanton as "Miracle Grow for young writers" the program promises to foster the creative energy of students that are interested in writing, and provide them with a chance to get a jump start on skills they will need for the rest of their lives.
Find more information about the National Writers Series and the Front Street Writers online.