YpsiWrites is a community writing resource powered by EMU's Office of Campus & Community Writing (C2W), Ypsilanti District Library (YDL), and 826michigan.
YpsiWrites supports writers in the Ypsilanti community and beyond through writing-focused workshops, events, resources, and activities. We also offer personalized writing support for anyone wishing to discuss professional or creative work. We believe everyone is a writer and everyone’s writing matters. We strive to make all people in our community feel welcomed, empowered, and supported at every stage of their writing journey.
Throughout the pandemic, we have endeavored to meet writers where they are by offering virtual writing support and shifting all of our workshops and volunteer opportunities to a remote-friendly format. In the past year, in collaboration with various community partners, YpsiWrites' volunteers have developed several writing programs and resources, including a PenPal program, a Public Art and Writing Tour, and a Mystery Maker challenge. You can learn more about these programs at www.ypsiwrites.com.
Last year, YpsiWrites also offered workshops on writing resumes, children's books (with three acclaimed children's book authors), news and blog posts (with a Detroit Free Press news and feature writers), songs (with a local song writer), poems, manifestos, and memoirs. Workshops have been well attended by community members as well as individuals from across and even beyond Michigan.
We are asking for your support so we can continue to offer high-quality programs that help community members develop their voices and experience the importance of writing in all aspects of their lives. Donations will fund resources and materials for programming. Funds will also support YpsiWrites' volunteer recruitment, coordination, and training.
YpsiWrites was co-founded by EMU English Professors Ann Blakeslee (C2W Director) and Cathy Fleischer (C2W Faculty Associate) as a culmination of a decades-long dream to extend support for writing beyond the university.