Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Hub City Writers Project

  • Spartanburg, SC
  • http://www.hubcity.org

Mission Statement

The Hub City Writers Project cultivates readers and nourishes writers through its independent press, community bookshop and diverse literary programming.

The Hub City Press, which has 68 books in print, publishes works of literature and regional history. Together with the SC Arts Commission, it sponsors the SC First Novel book publication prize. It also operates the New Southern Voices poetry book prize, open to writers in 13 Southern states.

Among the organization's programs are: The Writing in Place summer writers conference, now in its 15th year; The Writers House residency, open to emerging writers nationwide; The Writing Show, a monthly panel discussion about the business and craft of writing; college scholarships; the Great Kids Deserve Great Books book drive that contributes 4,000 books to elementary school students in high poverty local schools; the New Southern Voices Reading Series; monthly Writers Night Out events; and the Hub City/Emrys writing contest in the Greenville-Spartanburg area.

The Hub City Bookshop, which opened in 2010, is one of the few independent bookstores in the US operated by a non-profit organization. With annual revenues of $225,000 the Hub City Bookshop provides earned income to operate Hub City's diverse literary programming. The 1,800-square-foot retail space hosts more than 60 readings, workshops and other literary programs each year.

Main Programs

  1. Writing in Place
  2. The Writers House Residency
  3. The Writing Show
  4. Hub City Creative Writing Club
  5. Hub City Summer Camps
  6. New Southern Voices Reading Series
  7. Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Contest
  8. Great Kids Deserve Great Books
  9. College Scholarships
  10. The South Carolina First Novel Prize
  11. The New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Writers House program and the Hub City Press serve the entire US.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Betsy Teter

Keywords

Self-reported

literary arts, cultural preservation, writer-in-residence

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EIN

57-1059259

 Number

0624800920

Physical Address

186 West Main St

Spartanburg, SC 29306

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Writing in Place

Published novelists, poets, essayists, and literary critics lead a series of workshops over three days that include intense instruction, challenging exercises, and an opportunity for feedback. Registrants sign up for one genre: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Our instructors expect participants to write during this conference, and weekend is planned with "downtime" for that purpose. This conference, now in its 15th year, is open to 48 adult writers. This conference is geared toward starting a new piece of work rather than workshopping something participants have already written. Past keynotes have included Elizabeth Berg, Fred Chappell, and Ruta Sepetys. The 2015 keynote is Lydia Netzer.

Our conference is held in Wofford College's Michael S. Brown Village Center on the north side of campus. Overnight guests are housed in the Village apartment housing. See photos of past conferences here.

- See more at: http://www.hubcity.org/programs/annual-writing-in-place-conference#sthash.LDL99Jtl.dpuf

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 2

The Writers House Residency

The Writers House provides two residencies per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a twice-monthly stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals. The 10-week summer residency runs from June 9, 2014 to Aug. 16, 2014. A nine-month residency runs from Sept. 9, 2014 to May 22, 2015. Both residencies include a community service element. Registration for both 2014 residencies is CLOSED. The program is targeted at early-career writers, preferably without a published book. In addition to uninterrupted writing time, the residencies offer opportunities for service at Hub City Press and Bookshop, for presentation of workshops or readings, and for literary projects of your own in Spartanburg, where there is a vibrant literary community. Participants are given access to a bicycle and are matched with a community member who serves as host to assist with the success of their residency. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, outgoing, interested in multiple aspects of the literary field, and has a desire to engage with the Spartanburg community.

Writers receive a stipend of $400 a month (summer program) and $750 per month (9-month program).

Our residents have proposed and carried out a wide variety of community outreach projects. Current resident Kali Fajardo-Anstine is offering a series of workshops on writing about the multicultural experience in Spartanburg and plans to create an anthology of community voices. Past residents have edited books, created new programming, and visited schools. Two past residents sponsored art-and-writing marathons in downtown storefronts. Others have coordinated the regional finals of Poetry Out Loud or taught at summer writing camps.

Located at 252 Spring Street, the Writers House is a two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow in the historic Hampton Heights neighborhood. Built in 1924 by a printer for the local newspaper, the cottage is located within three blocks of the central town square and the Hub City Bookshop/Hub City Press offices. The house is fully furnished and has a substantial front porch and a grassed backyard. Washer and dryer are provided in the house.

Category

Artists-in-Residence

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

The Writing Show

In 2014, the Hub City Writers Project and the Spartanburg County Public Libraries teamed up for a brand new series of programs about the business and craft of writing. These panel discussions, in a casual, talk-show format, are held at the Library Headquarters, 151 S. Church Street, on Thursdays at 7 pm, January through May. This educational series is inspired by a long-running and popular program created by the James River Writers of Richmond, Va. Each panel includes three to four writing/publishing professionals and a moderator. These evenings are an opportunity to network, get your questions asked, and to go behind the scenes in the sometimes-complex world of publishing. 2015 programs include: Writing about War; the Future of the Book; Social Media for Writers; Writing the Young Adult Novel.

Category

Publishing

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$7,000.00

Program 4

Hub City Creative Writing Club

The Hub City Creative Writing Club is a fun, informative weekly workshop for aspiring writers ages 12-16. Over 12 weeks in Fall 2014, participants will learn to write intriguing characters, imaginative settings and exciting plots. Other lessons will include how to create narrative hooks, effective dialogue and exposition, how to use similes and metaphors, and how to achieve conflict and tension. We will discuss how to deal with writers' block and other common problems such as pacing, clarity and consistency. Classes will be held on one afternoon a week at the Chapman Cultural Center, starting at 3:45 pm. The day will be determined based on the schedules of the club members. If you have interest in this program, please fill out this form. Workshops will include writing prompts, discussions, games, one-on-one advice and visits from Spartanburg authors and publishing professionals. There will be some reading/writing homework which will be returned with comments. In addition, each participant will work towards the goal of finishing a short story (5-8 pages), for which they will receive detailed feedback in order to complete a final draft. The program will conclude with a reading in front of friends and family. Participants are expected to be passionate readers and writers, who are willing to take part and try new things. This program should not be considered as a substitute for English or language tutoring.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 5

Hub City Summer Camps

The Hub City Youth Writing Camp is a fun, five-day immersion in creative and professional writing led by a talented team of published and award-winning writers. Students will be able to explore their passions for self-expression in a variety of genres, while developing creativity and confidence. Our camp takes place in downtown Spartanburg. Young writers begin the day at 9 a.m. at the Hub City Bookshop and Coffee Bar, attend classes in the Herald-Journal building, participate in “observation writing” sessions in Morgan Square, and take field trips to Whipp Advertising, the Iron Yard, HUB-BUB and the Public Library. Students will explore fiction, poetry, memoir, and other exciting forms and will receive feedback on their writing in a supportive environment from experienced writers.
These camps are hosted by the Hub City Writers Project and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, with sponsorship from the J.M. Smith Foundation.

At the end of the week, students will have an opportunity to perform their work in front of an audience at the Hub City Bookshop. Additionally, some pieces written during the week will be published in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
Tuition includes two lunches at downtown restaurants. Students will bring their lunches on the other days. Snacks and journals will be provided. Students may bring laptops or favorite journals if they choose.
A limited number of full scholarships are available for students in need and require proof that the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch at school.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 6

New Southern Voices Reading Series

Founded by former writers in residence Eric Kocher and Patrick Whitfill, the New Southern Voices Reading Series invites writers who currently reside or have formerly resided in the South to come and read at a local venue (sometimes a bar, sometimes the bookshop, depending on the writer and audience).

Recent readers have included: Jillian Weise, Zach Mueller, Meg Reid, Ansel Elkins, L.S. McKee, Jonathan Bohr Heinen, Eric Ekstrand, and Laura Eve Engel.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 7

Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Contest

The contest, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and the Emrys Foundation, is open to adults in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. First-place winners receive a scholarship to the week-long Wildacres Writers Workshop in Little Switzerland, N.C. in July. Second and third place winners receive full or partial scholarships to Hub City’s Writing in Place conference. The next competition will be in poetry and short fiction. Deadline for entry is February 1, 2015. This annual contest has been held since 2000.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 8

Great Kids Deserve Great Books

Started in 2011, Hub City's annual Great Kids Deserve Great Books book drive delivers at least 4,000 new and gently used children’s books for students at District 7 elementary schools. Our funding partners in this initiative in 2014 are Advance America and the Downtown Rotary Club. Hub City Bookshop collects good-condition, elementary-school books throughout the year. Charitable contributions help us purchase new books as well. In 2014 we gave more than 3,000 new books and 1,000 gently used books to students at Cleveland Elementary, Houston Elementary and Park Hills Early Learning Center For those who do not have any books at home to distribute, the Hub City Bookshop has a huge selection of low-cost, deeply discounted new paperbacks for people to purchase and donate to the cause.

Category

Literacy

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

None

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 9

College Scholarships

The Hub City Writers Project awards two $1000 college scholarships to Spartanburg County high school students who aim to pursue creative writing. Our partner in this selection process is the Spartanburg County Foundation. Students submit an application and a creative writing sample. This contest is judged by writer in the Spartanburg Community and beyond. Winners in 2014 attended Bennington College and USC-Upstate.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 10

The South Carolina First Novel Prize

The biennial South Carolina First Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina's exceptional writers by providing a book contract with Hub City Press. The competition is a highly competitive, anonymous process. Publication by Hub City of at least 1,500 copies of the book will bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and opportunities. The book will be nationally distributed. A group of finalists will be announced ahead of naming the winner. The winner will receive a $1,000 book advance on royalties. James McTeer of Beaufort was winner of the 2014 competition. There is a $35 entry fee. Approximately 50 novels are submitted.

Those who submit must:

Be a legal resident of the U.S. and S.C. with a permanent residence in the state for one (1) year prior to the application deadline (twelve consecutive months);

Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application;

Not have published a novel before, but may have published a book of nonfiction, short stories, poetry or children's literature.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 11

The New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize

This biennial contest is open to all poets who have either never published a full-length collection of poetry, or who have only published one full-length collection, and who currently reside in and have had residency in one or more of the following states for a minimum of 24 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. (Residency will be verified before prize winner is announced.)

Lilah Hegnauer of Charlottesville, VA, won the inaugural contest for her book, Pantry, which was published in February 2014. Poet D.A. Powell was the inaugural judge.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$8,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Writers House program and the Hub City Press serve the entire US.

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HUB CITY WRITERS PROJECT
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Hub City Writers Project

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Principal Officer

Ms. Betsy Teter

BIO

Betsy Teter is a native of Spartanburg and former business editor of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michel Stone

novelist

Term: July 2013 - June 2015

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?