2022-23 annual report

10 Years of Wordcrafters

Thanks to your support, over the past decade, Wordcrafters grew from a small group of writers and readers who wanted to put together an annual conference into our area’s literary hub of writing classes for youth and adults.

Wordcrafters is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The first Wordcrafters conference features nationally-known authors Elizabeth George and Terry Brooks–and an introverts ball.

No School creative camps during school furlough days give youth hands-on experiences.

Writers in the Schools program begins.

Step into Poetry, in partnership with the City of Eugene, goes up in Overpark garages.

Wordcrafters celebrates 5 years of writing and reading shenanigans.

We fill Eugene’s Kesey square with poetry.

All programming moves online including school residencies.

StoryHelix community storytelling workshops, podcast and performances begin.

Monthly Write Club for youth workshops begin.

Wordcrafters turns 10!

Impact Snapshot

Since we began in 2013, your support has helped us:

  • Hold 6 writing festivals
  • Offer more than 700 classes, camps, and events
  • Offer 46 Writers in the Schools residencies to local and rural schools
  • Publish more than 240chapbooks of student poetry and 8 anthologies of student short stories
  • Connect with 14,590 people: 6,671 adults and 7,919youth
  • Become our region’s go-to literary organization
  • Eat at least a metric ton of chocolate

It hasn’t been easy but it’s sure been amazing.

We couldn’t have done it without the generous support of our members, donors, community partners, and foundation friends. Thank you!

Learn more about how your gifts made an impact.


Daryll Lynne Evans, Executive Director
Jo Bartlett, Giving and Connection Catalyst
Jorah LaFleur, WITS Lead
Drea Lee, Youth Programs Lead
Leah Velez, Adult and Community Programs Lead
Audrey Quinn, Marketing Wordsmith


Matthew Lowes, President
Christina Lay, Treasurer
Miriam Gershow, Secretary
Rosemary Nigro
Carla Orcutt

Many thanks to longtime board member and co-founder Juanita Metzler