After a successful debut year, Hilltop-based nonprofit Write@253 is continuing its mission to offer free writing opportunities and help for resource-challenged kids and adults. This summer’s offerings expand into filmmaking, art and a newspaper, both at Write@253’s Martin Luther King Jr. Way headquarters and in the field — including a field day Saturday at the Salishan housing area.
Modeled on similar centers in major cities around the country, Write@253 is a collection of professional writers and educators who volunteer their time to help young people write better and discover joy in writing and self-expression. Nomadic for the first few months, the center has been in its rent-free Hilltop space for most of this year, thanks to the city of Tacoma’s Spaceworks program that fills empty commercial spaces with artistic tenants. The center is aiming to offer a year-round, drop-in writing facility, plus groups and events at other locations. Everything they do is free for participants.
Here’s what’s being offered this summer:
Salishan Writing Field Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Salishan Housing Community, 1724 E. 44th St., Tacoma.
Salishan writing/art group: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer, during the free lunch program, at the Family Investment Center, Salishan Housing Community, 1724 E. 44th St., Tacoma.
Middle School Book Club: 1-3 p.m. Sundays at the Write@253 Hilltop location, 1310 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma.
Young Filmmakers’ Camp: July 29-Aug. 9 at the Write@253 Hilltop location, 1310 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma.
Write@253 will continue through the school year to offer free after-school help and a drop-in writing center, and is always looking for volunteers who love writing.
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