Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Midwest Center for the Literary Arts, dba The Writers Place

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.writersplace.org

Mission Statement

The mission of The Writers Place is to promote writers and their work; to nurture an interest in writing and literature in a wide, diverse audience; to reach out to the next generation of writers, poets, novelists and storytellers; and to contribute to the quality of cultural life in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest.

Main Programs

  1. Celebrating Voices
  2. Creative Writing Workshops
  3. In Our Own Words: Writing Workshops for At-Risk Middle and High School Students

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Service Areas

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Missouri

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Carol V. Kariotis

Keywords

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Writers Place, TWP, Helicon Nine, Literary Arts, Writers

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Also Known As

The Writer's Place

EIN

43-1154173

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Writers Place (TWP) is enjoying a period of renewed vitality and growth. The addition of high quality writing workshops to our programming mix has stimulated increases in event attendance, revenue, and membership. In 2012, 4800 people attended literary events sponsored by TWP. Recent highlights included: "In Our Own Words," workshops in urban schools."The Power of Reading," held in partnership with Literacy Kansas City and the Kansas City Public Library.Our "Celebrating Voices" series featuring diverse ethnic artists.An all-day publishing event which featured workshops, panels and displays from seven Midwest publishing firms.The Writers Place Reading series featuring locally, regionally and nationally renowned writers each month. In 2013-2014, TWP will: Expand its youth programs and workshops to include after-school mentoring and summer writing campsImmerse writers in an off-site 3-day retreatAdd multi-day master classes, science fiction and mystery workshops to its already multi - genre schedule. We are eager to continue our mission to make TWP an institution committed to nurturing and fostering an interest and audience in the literary arts for our next generation of writers, and becoming a premier literary center for Kansas City and the Midwest.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Celebrating Voices

In its third year, the Celebrating Voices series continues in 2013 -2014. Each event focuses on one of Kansas City's diverse communities. In 2012 TWP focused on four distinct target groups: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and the Lesbian/Gay/Bi-sexual/Transgender (LGBT) communities. Because minority involvement with TWP has been relatively low, readings were accompanied by educational programs intended to showcase the talents of the artists and deepen the experience of audience members. With the series, TWP has developed permanent relationships with the American Jazz Museum, a large LGBT population (including appointing a new board member from this LGBT community) and the Kansas City Indian Center. The Celebrating Poetry and Jazz, Celebrating the Day of the Dead and Celebrating Queerness are now annual events.To date in 2013 TWP has sponsored a Celebrating Diverse Publishers day-long conference, and added Celebrating Italian-Americans to its upcoming series.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Budget

12,000

Program 2

Creative Writing Workshops

TWP offers high-quality creative writing classes for adults in poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction, as well as in other topics. The classes are of real benefit to participants interested in improving their craft and provide a valuable networking opportunity not available in any other continuing education workshop in Kansas City. Workshop instructors have publications and experience teaching creative writing. The program is marketed through press releases, TWP's website, and a brochure mailed to TWP members. Participants will complete evaluations to help assess the workshops' effectiveness and assist with the development of future classes. In fall 2013, science fiction, mystery writing and three master classes will be added. This program supports TWP's mission by offering a resource to aspiring writers, and helps advance TWP's fundraising, marketing, and membership goals.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

In Our Own Words: Writing Workshops for At-Risk Middle and High School Students

"In Our Own Words: Writing Workshops for At-Risk Middle and High School Students" completed its third year in April, 2013. The program has grown from two to seven schools, with a culminating experience in April 2013 for 80 students who have a continued interest in writing poetry. The workshops' leaders were experienced, published writers who are also experienced facilitators. They went into the schools to lead the initial workshops with students from schools that were identified in the Kansas City Star as schools that had the most at-risk students.The experience was documented for student participants by publishing an anthology of their work. One thrilling event for the young poets in 2013 was a poetry contest where all 82 submitting students had their poetry displayed at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The students read their poetry from the Helzberg Kansas City Symphony stage. The winner read before 1600 people in an evening program. The program will add after-school mentoring and summer writing camps in 2013-2014 .

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

16,600

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Funding Needs

Volunteer coordinator and volunteersVolunteer writers' groups coordinatorDiverse board membersReplacement windowsUpdated electrical fuse box for 2nd and 3rd floor

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Midwest Center for the Literary Arts, dba The Writers Place

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Carol V. Kariotis

BIO

Dr. Carol Kariotis came to TWP from Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities, Inc. in Kansas City, KS where she was Executive Director/CEO for three years. She retired from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has 21 years of experience serving as a senior administrator/director of two departments. Her education background is: BA-Art, Maryville College, Maryville TN; M.Ed.-Education, Boston University, Boston, MA; Ed.S.Higher Education Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Ph.D.-Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education, UMKC. Besides her university administrative experience, Dr. Kariotis has taught public school art, art education at West Virginia State College, and studio art for various arts organizations and youth agencies. She has a strong interest in painting, batik and three-dimensional art, and currently maintains a studio at the Pressroom Studios in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Kariotis has also been involved with the greater Kansas City community as a board member for the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City, Swope Health Services Foundation Board, Western Missouri Soccer League, and Liberty Latchkey Alternative (a Liberty, MO before- and after-school childcare association now called Kids Zone), Kansas City Kansas Downtown Shareholders. She was appointed by the mayor to serve on the Liberty, MO Arts Commission in January, 2009, and is currently Vice- President.. Upon her retirement from UMKC, Dr. Kariotis sought to become re-involved with the Greater Kansas City area arts community, and hopes to use her administrative and educational expertise in assisting with the development of the Kansas City metropolitan area as a vibrant and engaged arts community.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As an experienced director of people and organizations, I have been thrilled during the short time I have been with The Writers Place for a variety of reasons: The physical facility is a stately castle-like building with comfortable and intimate space for programs, readings, and quiet work.The programs are superior in quality and quantity, from collaborative arts/literature events to lovely fireside readings to youth and community outreach workshops.The governing board of directors is enthusiastic, energetic, organized and accountable.The diverse sources of income and careful planning for expenses make The Writers Place sustainable even during hard economic times.The library and art gallery add beauty and quiet study/writing areas for individual and group contemplation and cultural observation."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jose Faus

Writer, Latino Writers Collective

Term: Aug 2012 - July 2014

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