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Writing center hopes to give Tacoma all the right words

Post by Jack Sorensen / The News Tribune on June 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm with 1 Comment »
June 20, 2012 1:03 pm
Tacoma author Peter Bacho at his favorite hangout, the bar at El Toro. Photo: Craig Sailor

A new community center hopes to get Tacoma writing.

Write@253, a non-profit writing center intends to serve as a resource for high school students, college applicants, aspiring adult creative writers and any experience in between.

The center will hold its open house Thursday, June 21 from 5-8 p.m.

Mary Fox, a writing teacher at Tacoma Community College and one of the Write@253 founders, said she felt writing education has become too test-oriented.

“We wanted to do something as teachers to support creative writing,” Fox said. “And also enrich the writing environment in Tacoma.”

The group got its inspiration from 826Valencia, a San Francisco-based community writing center founded by American author Dave Eggers, known for his 2000 novel “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.” Like the 826Valencia model, Fox said Write@253 will provide an outlet for creative expression and collaboration.

Though the Write@253 mission sounds clear enough, Fox said what exactly the center will host is yet to be determined. Fox and her co-founders intend to offer the space for community groups, writers with an interest in setting up workshops or peer review clubs.

While Thursday will be the grand opening of the center, the first Write@253 creative writing workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 with local author Peter Bacho.

What: Write@253 open house

When: Thursday, June 21 from 5-8 p.m.

Where: 1310 Martin Luther King Way

Contact: Mary Fox at 253.460.4474 or write@253 on Facebook

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  1. hilltopbarber says:

    Um..who’s the guy in the bar?????

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