January Meeting

Happy New Year. We hope 2019 is a productive and profitable year for all you writers out there. Please join us on Saturday, January 19th, at noon in the back room of the Blue Water Grill located at 16th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix. Your first speaker of the year will be Jake Friedman. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

Jake Friedman:

Communications Specialist for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU

Jake Friedman is a writer, editor, community organizer, and other identity-based things. He has served in several roles at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University over the past two years and is currently serving in marketing and outreach. Jake founded and served as editor-in-chief of Four Chambers Press, an independent community literary magazine and small press that engaged in a wide variety of publishing, programming, and creative writing activities across the Phoenix metro area between 2013 and 2018. Additionally, Jake interned at the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2016.

If any of us are going to achieve our goals as creative writers or human beings, we need the structure and support of a larger community. In this back-and-forth conversation, we’ll begin by articulating our desires as individual writers as a way to informally assess our collective needs. Then, we’ll identify and explore concrete strategies and tools for addressing them, ranging from local events and grassroots groups to social media networks, resource sharing, organizational best practices, and more. In doing so, our hope is to bring the abstract down to earth, to fill in the space of longing and desire with realistic, measurable, actionable plans of work.