By Elizabeth White-Olsen, Executive Director of Writespace
Starting today, I am initiating a short column I’m calling “Writespace Speaks.” Here I will celebrate the beauty of books and the practice of writing, as well as share Writespace news, my personal reflections on our events, and my desires for our community.
I have always tried to shy away from the spotlight at Writespace, because I’ve known that Writespace belongs to the community, not to me. I’ve carefully avoided turning Writespace into my “platform” from which to boost my own writing career and my preferred genres, beliefs, and opinions. I’ve tried my best to pay attention to what our community has needed and wanted, in hopes that our community would rise up and “own” Writespace. I feel like now, after three and a half years, based on the tremendous engagement of our volunteers, members, and workshop participants, that day has come and my desire for the community to “own” Writespace is on the verge of coming true. So I now feel safe enough to come out from behind the scenes and let myself be known.
And so, as we grow, you will be hearing from me—and, perhaps from others. Thank you for being a part of the writing community’s rising up to own Writespace. Stay tuned, you will be hearing more from me soon!