Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Writers Center

  • Bethesda, MD
  • http://www.writer.org

Mission Statement

The Writer’s Center cultivates the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work. We are an independent literary organization with a global reach, rooted in a dynamic local community of writers. We believe the craft of writing is open to people of all backgrounds and ages. Writing is interdisciplinary and it is unique among the arts for its ability to touch on all aspects of the human experience. Writing and literature enrich life and open doors to knowledge and understanding.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Emerging Writer Fellowship
Service Areas

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Maryland

We currently serve the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, with capacity to serve writers nationwide through online learning.

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Stewart Moss

Keywords

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Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia

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Also Known As

The Writer's Center

EIN

52-1079969

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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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In our 35 year history, we have helped develop the writing careers of Doreen Baingana, Pamela Ehrenberg, Barbara Esstman, Marita Golden, A. Van Jordan, Pagan Kennedy, Eugenia Kim, Alex MacLennan, Cate Marvin, James Mathews, Leslie Pietrzyk, Nani Power, Alex Sanchez, Rose Solari , Manil Suri, David Taylor and many more.

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

WC is a place to have contact with readers, to provide training and development in the field, and to meet with the public as well as with each other. In essence, the Center is a literary crossroads for contemporary writing. WC offered a variety of workshops in all genres, for beginners as well as publishing writers, in which they may prepare work for publication and presentation. It also provided a Book Gallery to show and disseminate regional writers and small presses. WC is the only organization in the region to provide the total, affordable, interrelated system of public programs designed to support writers and the literary arts, and has distributed over $450,000 in small press books.

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Program 2

Emerging Writer Fellowship

In fall 2009, we established a new ongoing program that brings together emerging writers from across North America with a local band from the DC area for a night of literature and music. Each emerging writer is selected to receive a fellowship from a competitive pool of applicants; funding is provided to assist them with travel expenses. The Fellows are selected by an impartial committee of board members, community members, and workshop leaders who evaluate their creative work twice annually.
 
The Fellowships and the events themselves received significant free promotion among social networks like Facebook and regional and national blogs that promoted the opportunity to writers and audiences. The events drew some of our largest audiences of the year and introduced The Writer’s Center to a new generation of writers and readers.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

We currently serve the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, with capacity to serve writers nationwide through online learning.

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THE WRITER'S CENTER, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Writers Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Stewart Moss

BIO

Stewart has worked for more than thirty years as an educator and fundraiser in independent schools around the country. An avid poet, he has taught literature and creative writing in both the USA and abroad. Scotland, Greece, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Nepal are among the countries in which he has lived and worked. A native of Boston, MA, Moss was educated at Union College (NY) and Harvard University, where he studied the relationship between culture and religion. He lives in Annapolis with his wife, the writer Barbara Klein Moss.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mier Wolf

Retired

Term: Sept 2008 - July 2010

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