By Elizabeth White-Olsen
Dear Writespace Community Member,
Beginning March 16th, I will no longer work for Writespace. This is a hard sentence for me to write, because I love Writespace with my whole heart. Why, then, am I leaving Writespace staff to do something else?
My departure is extremely amicable, but not easy. Those of us who work hard behind the scenes work closely together, and we have come to love and trust one another. We will miss working together. Our board, staff, and volunteers have been extremely understanding of this profound turn in my life, and I appreciate their support. Writespace has been my first true work home, the place where my heart and soul have belonged. I will miss the sense of community most of all, the sense of shared purpose in supporting writers and their work. But I know this step is the right one both for me and for Writespace. Definitely not the easy step, but the right one.
Birthing Writespace has by far comprised the greatest work of my life. Amongst the many gifts Writespace has brought me—the amazing friendships, the lessons in leadership, the realization of what a difference a tiny band of committed individuals can make—the knowledge that I could die now and feel like I’ve done something awesome with my life has been Writespace’s greatest gift.
Writespace's board, staff, and volunteers have been discussing this transition since mid-January and working hard to develop a plan to keep things running smoothly. My last day at Writespace will be March 15th, and Cassandra Clarke will become Writespace’s Director of Operations and acting Executive Director.
At some point—say, one or two years from now, I may return to serve as a Writespace instructor, editor, or volunteer, but over this next year, I will be focusing on pursuing my passion for keeping as many future Houstonians as possible safe from floods.
I’m signing off. Thank you for the crazy honor of serving you, Dear Writer. Thank you for the privilege of playing a part in creating a writing home for you, a place where you and your stories can grow. I look forward to continuing to watch your writing career and our writing home, Writespace, flourish.
Elizabeth White-Olsen, Founder of Writespace