Supporting the NWS

Find out all the ways you can support the National Writers Series.

What You’re Supporting

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National Writers Series

The Traverse City National Writers Series supports Grand Traverse area high school students pursuing writing careers by bringing to life great conversations with today’s bestselling authors. Net proceeds help support our Raising Writers literacy programs that support area youth.

Raising Writers Programs

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Front Street Writers

Front Street Writers is a free, rigorous program for aspiring high school writers. Students are often treated to visits by our main-stage authors who share invaluable writing and career advice. In the 2016-17 school year, visiting writers included Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss, international photojournalist Paola Gianturco, NYT bestselling thriller writer Kyle Mills, award-winning journalist Daniel Bergner, ABC correspondent and author John Donvan, NYT bestseller Beth Macy, and Pushcart Prize Winner Eric Fair, who with Major General Michael Lehnert, talked to students about 9/11 and Abu Ghraib. Culinary legend Alice Waters, former Esquire editor Terry McDonell, and New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton visited students in the fall of 2017.

The year-long FSW course is taught at the Career Tech Center, which covers a ve-county district. Many students are bused in from rural areas where creative writing isn’t taught. A total of 107 students have completed the FSW program. Many of our graduates have won awards and scholarships, and all have published their work in the NWS Literary Journal. Second-year students can put their writing skills to work, thanks to the Career Tech’s internship program.

Poetry Workshops

In the spring of 2017, Traverse Heights Elementary fourth and fth graders took part in poetry workshops taught by short story writer Luke Dani Blue. is program is intended to give “voice” to all students, including those at-risk. At the workshop’s conclusion, students shared their poems with other students and took home a journal of their work. is program, overseen by education expert Sera ompson, may be expanded next year.

Battle of the Books

Launched in 2016, Battle of the Books is a free, book-based quiz competition for fourth and fth graders living in the Grand Traverse region. Our successful debut “battle” involved 135 students and featured New York Times bestselling author Tui Suthlerland. In 2017, the Battle doubled in size and hosted Gordon Korman, publisher of 85 children’s books! is is one of the few events where you’ll see readers getting enthusiastic applause for their reading and memory achievements.

Creative Writing Classes

National Writers Series o ers summer and fall youth creative writing classes in partnership with Northwestern Michigan College. is is a partnership built on synergy! NWS crafts and promotes the classes, taking advantage of its network of kids, writers and teachers; NMC o ers the courses through its popular College for Kids catalog!

College Scholarship Program

Offered in collaboration with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, NWS awards three scholarships each year in a writing competition that is judged “blind.” To date, 24 students have received $42,000 in scholarship money. In the last three years, students in the Front Street Writers program have swept the contest in all three genres: ction, poetry and non ction.

Donation Opportunities

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Keep the Conversation Going with a NWS Membership

The NWS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the Grand Traverse area with the best and brightest literary talent today. Plus, NWS works diligently to raise the next generation of writers by o ering numerous educational opportunities and college scholarships to area youth – elementary through high school.

Yes, a good portion of our programming is supported by event ticket sales but we still need your charitable support to bridge the gap (about 20% of our operating budget relies on your donation dollars). A NWS membership of any level helps tremendously.

Friend Membership

$50 // $100

Per year

Individual Membership

  • Purchase up to two (2) tickets during advance purchase week
  • NWS Sticker
  • 10% off purchases at Morsels

Family Membership

  • Purchase up to four (4) tickets during advance purchase weeks
  • NWS Sticker
  • 10% off purchases at Morsels

Quill

$125-$999

per Year

  • NWS logo canvas tote and NWS sticker
  • Family Membership benefits

Pulitzer Club

$500 // $1000

3 Year Commitment

  • At NWS we throw great parties! Our Pulitzer Club membership allows you to attend our annual summer party and includes tickets to our coinciding author event. In addition, you are entitled to complimentary tickets to a second NWS author event later in the season.

    In the past, party guests have mingled with the likes of Chef Mario Batali, screenwriters Janet Leahy, Jim and Lynn Kouf, and author Bruce Cameron. We always provide an abundance of delicious food, great entertainment, and a fully stocked open bar.

    It also includes Family Membership benefits!

national book award

$1,000-$4,999

Per year

  • Signed edition of “The Odyssey of Echo Company” by author Doug Stanton – a $30 value
  • NWS logo canvas tote and NWS sticker
  • Family Membership benefits

BEstseller list

$5,000-$9,999

Per year

  • Two (2) complimentary premium reserved tickets to all NWS events – a $800 value
  • Signed edition of “The Odyssey of Echo Company” by  author Doug Stanton-a $30 value
  • NWS logo canvas tote and NWS sticker
  • Family Membership benefits

Nobel

$10,000

per Year

  • Signed books from ALL author events (16 events on average) – a $400 value!
  • Four(4)complimentary premium reserved tickets to all NWS events – a $1600 value
  • NWS logo canvas tote and NWS sticker
  • Family Membership benefits

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Business Sponsorship of National Writers Series

When you invest in the National Writers Series’ corporate sponsorship program, you are building valuable social capital by aligning with our events and experiences that targeted consumers are passionate about. At the same time you are supporting our mission to promote students’ writing excellence and connect com- munities with national writers to advance appreciation of the written word.

Who Will See Your Business

  • More than 5,000 patrons attend 16 to 18 NWS Main Stage Author Events per year with average attendance of 330.
    • Including 3 to 4 events per year that are sell-out crowds of 670
  • There are typically 1-2 NWS author events held elsewhere in the community
    • In 2017 – e NWS Book Club event at Kirkbride Hall had 200 in attendance, a Milliken Auditorium author/photography exhibit event had 175 in attendance and the poet Dan Gerber at Bluewater Hall had 160 attendance
    • IPR has more than 100,000 listeners in the greater northern Michigan region
    • Up North Cable TV reports more than 75,000 YouTube views per year of NWS author interviews
  • 90% of NWS attendees are adults who pay $15 to $45 for their ticket
  • 80% of NWS audience members live in Grand Traverse County and 15% live in Leelanau County
  • NWS Website boasts 64,000 page views and 30,000 website visitors in 2016
  • Major and event sponsors are recognized in a myriad of ways, from a high-pro le banner at Cherry Capital Airport to weekly email blasts, logos on website, posters distributed throughout out the region and event displays. We also give verbal recognition from the stage and in a pre-event slide show. See following page for full details.

NWS Website Homepage Ad

$200

Per Month

Each year, the National Writers Series website receives 76,000 visitors with 46,000 click-throughs! You can become a website sponsor for just $200 a month.

Program Guide Ad Purchase

$225-1,080

Full // Half // Quarter Page

NWS prints two seasonal program books per year. these are given to all event attendees (average of 330 per event or 5,200 attendees per year) and have an extremely high readership rate. all are full-color ads with two programs printed per year with option to change your ad between seasons.

Cost of ads:

• $1,080 full page annually (both seasons) OR $600 for one season

• $720 half page annually (both seasons) OR $400 for one season

• $400 quarter page annually (both seasons) OR $225 for one season

 

In Kind Sponsor

$100-499

Per Year

Awarded to businesses who donate or discount services up to $499 yearly.

  • Mention in the NWS Program Guide
  • Acknowledged in the NWS event slideshows

SUpporting Sponsor

$500

or more Per Year

Awarded to businesses who donate or discount services $500 or more yearly.

  • Inclusion of logo in the NWS event slideshows
  • 1⁄4-page ad in the Program Guide ($225/season or $400/full year)
  • Mention in our weekly email blasts with clickable link
  • Inclusion of logo in the NWS Program Guide
  • Inclusion on the NWS website with clickable link
  • Two free reserved tickets for one event per season (value of $31)

One Time

NWS Literary Sponsor

$1,000

Single Event

  • Quarter page color ad in program (Sept-Dec or Jan-Aug) ($200 value)
  • Sixty event posters distributed throughout the Grand Traverse region
  • Business listed in the season line-up poster displayed at Horizon Books and Cherry Capital Airport, also at City Opera House for all events
  • Cherry Capital Airport banner
  • Business name included in Record-Eagle and Northern Express ads
  • A public “thank you” for that evening’s sponsorship during introductory speech
  • Business name and logo in pre-event slide show, which is shown at all events
  • 24 x 36-inch “ ank you” poster displayed at the sponsored event
  • 2 premium reserved tickets to your sponsored event – a $51 value
  • Opportunity to set up a display table at event to promote your business and/or collect attendee contact information
  • Clickable logo weblink on website
  • Inclusion in weekly email blast to 6,800 NWS attendees – includes your business name/logo with clickable link

Option 3 – One Time

individual Event Sponsor

$2,000

Single season event

  • Half page color ad in program (Sept-Dec or Jan-Aug) ($400 value)
  • Sixty event posters distributed throughout the Grand Traverse region
  • Business listed in the season line-up poster displayed at Horizon Books and Cherry Capital Airport, also at City Opera House for all events
  • Cherry Capital Airport banner
  • Business name included in Record-Eagle and Northern Express ads
  • A public “thank you” for that evening’s sponsorship during introductory speech
  • Business name and logo in pre-event slide show, which is shown at all events
  • 24 x 36-inch “ ank you” poster displayed at the sponsored event
  • 4 premium reserved tickets to your sponsored event – a $100 value
  • Opportunity to set up a display table at event to promote your business and/or collect attendee contact information
  • Clickable logo weblink on website
  • Inclusion in weekly email blast to 6,800 NWS attendees – includes your business name/logo with clickable link

Option 2 – Half Year

Season Sponsor

$6,000

Sep-dec  //  Jan-Aug

  • Full page color ad in program (Sept-Dec or Jan-Aug) ($600 value)
  • Opportunity to introduce an author on stage (1x)
  • Business name and logo on all printed collateral event material:
    • 24 x 36-inch event posters for entire season displayed at the City Opera
    • House (window), Traverse Area District Library and Horizon Books
    • The season line-up banner at Cherry Capital Airport and at each event
    • A banner listing all sponsors and donors—displayed at each event
    • Posters distributed throughout the Grand Traverse region for each event
  • A public “thank you” for Season Sponsorship during introductory speech at each event during your sponsorship half year
  • Business name and logo in pre-event slide show
  • Four premium reserved seat tickets to all author events for entire season (32 tickets total) a $816 value
  • Clickable logo weblink on website
  • Inclusion in weekly email blast to 6,800 NWS attendees includes your business name/logo with link

Option 1 – Full Year

Sustaining Sponsor

$10,000

September through following August

  • Business category exclusivity
  • Full page back cover ad in color for both seasonal programs (2) ($1400 value)
  • Opportunity to introduce an author on stage (1x)
  • Business name and logo on all printed collateral event material:
    • 24 x 36-inch event posters for entire year displayed at the City Opera House (window), Traverse Area District Library and Horizon Books
    • The season line-up banner at Cherry Capital Airport and at each event
    • A banner listing all sponsors and donors—displayed at each event
    • Posters distributed throughout the Grand Traverse region for each event
  • A public “thank you” for Sustaining Sponsorship during introductory speech at every event (18 to 19 total average of 16 events annually)
  • Business name and logo in pre-event slide show on big screen
  • Four premium reserved seat tickets to all author events for the entire year (64 tickets total) a $1,632 value
  • Clickable logo weblink on website
  • Inclusion in weekly email blast to 6,800 NWS attendees – includes your business name/logo with link

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Season Sponsor

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