Midwest Writing Center to Start Hosting Live Online “Write-Ins” On April 14

What: Write More Light Live – Virtual Write-Ins with the Midwest Writing Center on Facebook Live
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. CST
Where: Live on the Midwest Writing Center’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWritingCenter/

The Midwest Writing Center will start hosting live “write-ins” on its Facebook page twice a week starting on Tuesday, April 14. MWC Executive Director Ryan Collins will host the hour-long events to start, but will be joined by other local writers and educators in the future.

The events are intended to be an opportunity to connect through writing while so many people are at home, and offer a supplement those who are distance learning during the response to COVID-19; in addition to being a published poet, Collins also works as an Instructor in the English Department at St. Ambrose University.

Each hour-long session will include some guided freewriting, some reading, and a brief writing prompt. The rest of the time Collins will be available for any questions from students, teachers, parents about school work or assignments they might have, or for people to share some of their work (MWC also host two private writing groups on Facebook for those interested in more traditional writing critique groups). Collins described the sessions as “a livestream writing consultant service with some built-in writing activities.”

Students and teachers are encouraged to send questions/comments in advance, and the Center is happy to work with specific schools and classes to expand these outreach efforts. Ideas for topics, writing prompts, and other content are welcome, as are queries from possible hosts.

The sessions will be twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will be broadcast live on MWC’s Facebook page. Prompts and activities will be posted here for future use:

Day 1 – April 14 Prompt

For more information, please email MWC at mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org.

Ryan Collins is the Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center, and an English Instructor at St. Ambrose University. He is the author of the poetry collection A New American Field Guide & Song Book, and five poetry chapbooks. His work has appeared in many anthologies, journals, and magazines. He has led writing workshops for many organizations, such as Quad City Arts Metro Arts Summer Youth Employment Program; Lincoln Summer Arts Academy; the Figge Art Museum; Living Proof Exhibit; the Moline, Bettendorf, and Geneseo Public Libraries; CommUniveristy; Mid-City High School (Davenport, IA); Family Resources; Arrowhead Ranch; the Children’s Literature Festival; and the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program, which he has directed since 2007. He was a featured author at both the Luther College Writers Festival and the Iowa City Book Festival in 2016, and at the Des Moines Area Community College Celebration of the Literary Arts in 2018. He works and lives in Rock Island, IL.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.