Write Action is a non-profit organization formed to strengthen
a community of writers in Brattleboro and the surrounding area, and
to nurture, encourage, and promote the literary arts in the community
An important part of "strengthening a community of writers" is
Write Action's email newsletter. The newsletter highlights literary
events in the tri-state region. There are also updates on writing
groups, and writers' opportunities. Intrinsic to this effort are
the open readings, held in various venues throughout the downtown,
that take place several times a year.
A collection of work by local authors, "The Best of Write
published in 2003. With this and other fundraising projects, the
organization has been able to seed programs and projects. The first
Write Action creative writing award for a Brattleboro Union High
School senior was presented in 2004. Write Action will present the
$100 award annually as part of senior awards night at BUHS. Other
awards and scholarship programs are planned, including a high school
journalism award named after Write Action's first president, noted
author, activist, and Reformer columnist Marty Jezer, who passed
away in June of 2005.
Each year Write Action serves as a vital connection to the grass-roots
writing community for the annual Literary Festival, whose aim is
to bring outstanding established and up-and-coming literary talent
to the community. Readings are all open to the public and free.
Write Action is the festival's main source of volunteers, and the
hosts the festival open reading and Author's Brunch.
The annual picnic, usually held on the grounds of a home in South
is a social event and open reading, a chance to "network" and
We continue to find ways that local writers can interact with other
arts and community organizations: Write Action recently joined
the Brattleboro area's new Alliance For The Arts, to help promote
literary arts in Windham County; an annual writers' contest, in
collaboration with the Brattleboro Reformer, was started in 2005.
The first contest's
theme was "Life in Windham County". The Brattleboro Reformer,
the town's daily newspaper, published the winning stories on consecutive
weeks, and a handsome booklet was made of the winners' and finalists'
pieces. The theme for this year's contest is "Winter".
This web site is Write Action's most recent project aimed at bettering
communication and gaining greater visibility for the Brattleboro
area writing community. In the future, this web site will feature
links to WA subscriber web sites.
If you would like to be part of our email network, enabling you
to receive notices about area readings, writing groups, and
opportunities and events, please, send your request to be added
to the subscriber list to Eric at WriteAction2004@aol.com.
It would be appreciated
if you would include your mailing address for the very occasional