Writing Program Finds a Home Downtown

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TRAVERSE CITY — Aspiring writers will have a new place to call home.
The Front Street Writers Program — a collaborative effort between the locally based National Writers Series and Traverse City Area Public Schools — will open a downtown site in a portion of the Gourdie-Fraser building at 123 W. Front St.

Gourdie-Fraser President Joe Elliott said NWS signed a three-year lease for approximately 3,500 square feet in the building.

“It looks like they have a ton of great potential for the area, so we are very happy to have them as a neighbor,” Elliott said.

The Front Street Writers Program is for TCAPS juniors and seniors interested in pursuing writing as a craft or a potential career. A professional writer with a Master of Fine Arts degree will lead the year-long class with a TCAPS instructor, and students will be required to develop a peer-reviewed portfolio, submit to publications and read their work at a public exhibition.

Students will receive high school and college credit, and program costs are supported by NWS donors and sponsors. NWS Executive Director Megan Raphael said 25 students are signed up for the first year, which will focus on fiction, non-fiction and poetry writing. The program will launch with the 2012-13 school year this fall.