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Ypsi Writes logo text "ypsi writes"Have you ever wished you could bounce your latest short story off of someone? Or have you struggled with writing a business plan or résumé? Ypsi Writes supports all writers with any kind of project.

Eastern Michigan University’s Office of Campus and Community Writing, the library, and 826michigan are launching an exciting, all-ages, ongoing writing initiative. Ypsi Writes will host drop-in hours at all YDL locations offering help with any type of writing, and present writing workshops where both experienced and aspiring writers can learn various forms, from memoirs to résumés to poetry.

Ypsi Writes supports the community of writers in Ypsilanti by providing assistance at all stages of the writing process; by bringing writers together for conversation, inspiration, and feedback; and by promoting our shared identities as writers. Trained writing coaches—either at drop-in hours or in workshops—will be well prepared to work with you on any type of writing. You’ll discover engaging programs that build writing skills and inspire a love of writing for both seasoned and novice writers alike.

Flyer for Ypsi Writes Kickoff October 19Ypsi Writes kicks off with a Grand Opening celebration on October 19, in conjunction with the National Day on Writing. “Everyone’s a Writer” will highlight the many ways we all use writing in our daily lives, even if we don’t identify as writers. Writing activity stations will engage both youth and adults in fun activities, and patrons will be able to stop by and work on writing for a few minutes or an hour!

826michigan has collaborated with both YDL and EMU for more than a decade, offering fun, creative writing workshops for youth led by passionate and highly-trained volunteers. These writing workshops, as well as 826michigan’s popular drop-in homework help program, will all continue as part of Ypsi Writes. EMU and 826 will also offer some youth and adult workshops in tandem, so parents can participate in an adult workshop while their kids participate in another program nearby.

The Grand Opening will be held simultaneously at all YDL locations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Whittaker Road event also features a writer expo highlighting professionals in many careers that rely on writing, including technical writers, grant writers, bloggers, and journalists. A local author showcase will feature selected published authors who will read from and sign their books.

Visit YDL’s Writers page for the latest writing news and events.

Ypsi Writes Grand Opening

Saturday, October 19, 11am-2pm
At all three library locations:

Upcoming Writing Events