YpsiWrites Community Writing Center celebrates one-year anniversary with virtual ‘Writing Matters to Ypsi’ event

Virtual event will offer opportunity to collaborate with other participants to create a message that inspires others in Ypsilanti to know that their writing also matters

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YPSILANTI – YpsiWrites, a nonprofit community writing center created in partnership with Eastern Michigan University’s Office of Campus and Community Writing, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a free, family-friendly event, "Writing Matters to Ypsi!”

The event will be hosted during this year's National Day on Writing event, which will take place on Oct. 24 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. The event will focus on why writing matters to us personally, within our communities, and globally. 

According to Ann Blakeslee, director of EMU’s Office of Campus and Community Writing, “You'll have a chance to hear from some of the 2020 YpsiWrites' ‘Writers of Ypsilanti’ and collaborate with other participants to create a message that inspires others in Ypsilanti to know that their writing also matters.” To register for the event visit ypsiwrites.com/celebrations.

In the spirit of promoting, empowering, and listening to writers in the community, the “Writers of Ypsilanti” are 10 individuals or groups of writers from Ypsilanti nominated by others for their exceptional writing.

YpsiWrites is also inviting the community to celebrate the power and potential of writing by sharing a story with our community about why writing matters to you. For more information on submission requirements, please visit ypsiwrites.com/celebrations. Submissions will be accepted through October 31, 2020.

The YpsiWrites community writing center was created in partnership with the Ypsilanti District Library, and 826michigan, a writing support program for school-aged children, as well as with support from Washtenaw Literacy. The center supports writers of all levels and backgrounds. YpsiWrites has drop-in hours for one-to-one writing help along with workshops on different types of writing and other programs.

For more information on the center, contact Blakeslee and fellow EMU professor Cathy Fleischer, at ablakesle@emich.edu and cfleische@emich.edu. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the volunteer registration form

YpsiWrites is one of a variety of initiatives and programs overseen by the Office of Campus and Community Writing at Eastern Michigan.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

October 21, 2020

Written by:
Morgan Mark

Morgan Mark