An interactive, community space for emerging writers.
The Harbor is a creative space for emerging writers to share information, interact and improve as writers. This service will be run through a Facebook group with Livestreams, Guest Lectures and Peer-Editing Services. We want to emphasize a personal enjoyment of writing as the pinnacle of accomplishment, rather than publishing.
Facebook Community | Run by Erin O'Malley | The core of this space will consist of the Facebook community we build together. While posts will be moderator-approval only, we will start specific threads where members can participate in each comment thread, creating a forum-like space for sharing information. This will also include weekly reading prompts, favorite poems of the week, etc.
Peer Editing Services | Run by Aidan Forster | On the first of every month, we will pair our members up with a brand new peer for 1-on-1 editing. We want to switch up pairs every month in order to encourage our members to meet each other, work with each other and grow as writers together. Of course, members will be free to stick with whoever they're paired up with right off the bat; however, we hope that members will take this chance to interact with dozens of writers in a more personal & intimate setting. We will also monitor groups to make sure that peers are compatible, and we will offer a 24/7 support system in case anything should arise in a pairing that needs to be addressed (safety first & always).
Guest Lecture Series | Run by Hiwot Adilow & Tyler Tsay | On the first and third Thursday of each month, we will offer a Livestream mini-lecture series for our members. These will involve a short, prepared lecture and a Q&A session for both prepared questions and questions submitted live during the stream. Hiwot Adilow will lead one lecture a month, and a surprise guest lecturer (announced the Monday before) will lead the other lecture. Guest lecturers on the roster include Chen Chen, Jennifer Givhan and others. We hope this program in combination with our other Livestream Series will improve access to formalized literary education for students who do not have the financial means to attend in-person workshops.
TeenLit Livestream Series | Run by Jasmine Cui | On the second and fourth Thursday of each month, Jasmine Cui, Erin O'Malley and a surprise guest will hold a Livestream on the nature of the TeenLit space. Tackling topics such as publishing for young writers, toxicity in TeenLit and more, this series will offer information and shared discussion about important topics for entering the literary space.
Anatomy of a Poem | Run by Jasmine Cui & Erin O'Malley | A series of exercises oriented towards young writers which aim to empower students by giving them the language to describe various poetic devices and expose them to contemporary poetry from a diverse array of backgrounds. These will be posted every month on the Facebook Community page.