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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

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 five-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.

In the spring of 2017, Traverse Heights Elementary fourth and fifth graders took part in poetry workshops taught by short story writer Luke Dani Blue. This 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. This program, overseen by education expert Sera Thompson, may be expanded next year.

Launched in 2016, Battle of the Books is a free, book-based quiz competition for fourth and fifth 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! This is one of the few events where you’ll see readers getting enthusiastic applause for their reading and memory achievements.

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

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: fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

Donation Opportunities

Keep the Conversation Going with an 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 offering 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.

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

At NWS we throw great parties!  Our annual summer party includes a ticket 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 screenwriters Janet Leahy, Jim and Lynn Kouf, and authors Bruce Cameron and Adriana Trigiani.  We always provide an abundance of delicious food, great entertainment, and a fully stocked open bar.

It also includes Family Membership benefits!

 

  • NWS logo canvas tote and NWS sticker
  • Family Membership benefits
  • Two (2) complimentary premium reserved tickets to all NWS events – an $800 value
  • NWS logo canvas tote and NWS sticker
  • Family Membership benefits
  • 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

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 communities 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 – The 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-profile 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.

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.

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:

Launched in 2016, Battle of the Books is a free, book-based quiz competition for fourth and fifth 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! This is one of the few events where you’ll see readers getting enthusiastic applause for their reading and memory achievements.

Contact us (231) 486-6868 to inquire about becoming an in-kind sponsor. 

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)

Contact us (231) 486-6868 to inquire about becoming a supporting sponsor. 

  • 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 “thank 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
  • 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 “thank 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
  • 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 “thank 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
  • 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 “thank 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

A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Our Grantors

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Media Sponsors

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