Then volunteer as a Site Captain for Queens Writes Weekend 2014!
What is QWW? It’s a lot of things, but mostly, it’s…
- An annual event that connects Queens writers of all ages and interests.
- An opportunity to go to a local venue and write—whether you are new to writing or working on the next great American novel.
- A way to show Manhattan and Brooklyn that yeah, Queens has writers too.
- A fundraiser for Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit supporting the writers of our beloved borough.
The fundraiser part is simple: writers who come to QWW are asked (or begged, or pleaded with) to make a suggested $5 donation to Newtown Literary. It’s important because Newtown Literary is a labor of love, which is an embellished way of saying we don’t financially profit from the journal we publish or the writing programs we offer. We just love writing and sharing that love with our Queens literary community. But love can’t pay for things like printers and workshop teachers, so we do need money.
That’s where Site Captains come in!
Site Captains line up the venues and organize the writing sessions for QWW. You can host anywhere—a bar, café, library, park—and do any writing-related activity you dream up—themed writing prompts, an open mic, or a quiet time of caffeine-buzzed writing.
Site Captains’ responsibilities are pretty straightforward.
Before the Weekend
- Arrange the location and time for your site.
- Recruit friends and family to participate.
Before and During the Weekend
- Arrive early and set up the space.
- Print out writing prompts, which will be provided, for those who might need them.
- Bring a bowl for the donations, make a sign stating that there is a suggested donation of $5, and collect donations.
- Pass around a “For more info …” sheet to collect contact information. (Participants do not have to give information.)
- Introduce yourself and Newtown Literary. (Information will be provided.)
- Set easy ground rules for the writing time and remind participants to follow them (e.g. turn off cell phones, feel free to take a break, etc.).
- Take pictures of the event and send them to Newtown Literary Alliance. (Contact information will be provided.)
After the Weekend
- Hand the donations and contact sheet to Newtown Literary Alliance. (There will be easily available drop-off locations over the weekend and into the following week).
- Send a thank-you note to participants. (We will provide you with a template.)
- Write a blog post about the experience at your site (optional).
To volunteer as a Site Captain, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us, and show Queens writers the love.
Thank you to Melanie Sooter for this great write-up. We hope to see all of you at QWW!