How best to marshal the talent of a community? Enlist community writers to tell the tales, pose the questions, and articulate the head-scratchers. We’re always on the lookout for good material, so if you have a story to share, a photo and caption, or a brilliant idea for one of our writers, see our submission guidelines below and be in touch!
The Community Writing Project is a collaboration among local writers that aims to shine a little progressive light on the people, places and things that impact Spokane and the region.
We’ve categorized our work into “In Depth” feature pieces, “In Brief” bits and pieces about the goings-on of our community, and “Community Forum,” the place where we’d like to hear your opinion on a discussion topic.
Rebecca Mack is probably best known professionally in Spokane for her work in radio and as a newspaper columnist. Originally from Chicago, she went to college back east and lived abroad for a couple of years before buckling down to the world of work. She was employed by big corporations and small non-profits in places like Grand Junction Colorado and San Francisco before coming to Spokane in the early 90′s, attracted by its reputation as a good place to raise kids. She wanted to live in an old house with a front porch, in a neighborhood where her 4 sons could walk to school. All sons have now fledged, so Rebecca is enjoying working on this website, restoring old houses, walking the dogs and tending her chickens.
Anna Vodicka grew up in the Great Lakes region of northern Wisconsin and found her way to the Inland Northwest via Maine, Boston, Spain, South America and Seattle. She studied English and Spanish at Tufts University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho, where she taught English and creative writing. In addition to writing for magazines, ad agencies, newspaper and radio, her publications have appeared in national literary journals, including Brevity, The Iowa Review, and Shenandoah. When she’s not writing or serving as Executive Assistant at the Community Building, you can find her on the Spokane area trails, at Saranac Public House happy hour, or on the water — ideally with people who are willing to take her waterskiing.
Jennifer Hall (The Whole Plate)
Jennifer works toward a healthy planet, one forkful at a time. Both a local and national activist, Jennifer engages producers, restaurants and the community on farm-to-table issues, to forge a closer connection between the source of food and the end consumer. And back again, asking eaters to grapple with the often negative impacts our bites and sips have on the environment that provides them. With a Masters in Health Administration from Cornell, a 5yr term on the National Organic Standards Board, Slow Food USA Biodiversity Committee work and certification as a Master Food Preserver, she actively promotes eating our way to health & sustainability. Hiking, gardening, bee-keeping, cooking (for her dogs Lewis & Clark too!), sampling her partner’s brewing experiments and enjoying eggs from Rebecca’s chickens makes it a full and flavorful life!
General Guidelines: We aim to publish thoughtful, regionally relevant stories from a range of voices and perspectives. Thematically, we’re wide open, though our content will often reflect the cornerstones of Community Building: human rights, social justice, the natural world, and the cultural diversity and collaboration that create vibrant, healthy societies. In general, we hope to be a progressive voice in the crowd of regional media, spotlighting subjects that, for reasons of time or politics, might otherwise go uncovered. That means our stories won’t be “news”; they won’t be sensational or necessarily time sensitive. Rather, we hope to provide well-written, thought-provoking, conversation-generating, idea-sparking content about the people, places and things that impact Spokane and the region.
We adhere to traditional journalistic standards. Please check your facts, your sources, your spelling, and your trusty writer’s handbook for punctuation and formatting.
Within our story categories–In Brief, In Depth, and Community Forum–you’ll find a range of styles and subjects. Please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the Community Writing Project and submit your story with a specific section in the Subject line of your email. Photos encouraged.
In Brief: Under 600 words. Like most online readers, we value brevity. Most articles will fall into this category.
In Depth: Over 600 words. We seek engaging feature-length stories on subjects that warrant closer examination. Profiles, interviews, essays, opinions, exposes, humor…as long as it’s original, well-told work, we’ll read it.
Community Forum: Each week, the Community Writing Project features a topic for public discussion, in virtual Round Table format, presented and mediated by our web editor. In inviting voices from the community to chime in on issues that impact our lives, we hope to generate lively conversation, to challenge and enlighten, to create dialogue between diverse viewpoints, and to ultimately find common ground with our neighbors, no matter which side of the fence they stand on.
We operate this forum under the Golden Rule, and reserve the right to withdraw comments that violate this code of civility and mutual respect.
To submit an article, photo, or story idea, click the “Contribute” tab above.
Please address all story ideas, corrections and suggestions to our web editor by filling out the form below.