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The Story of Wordcrafters, Chapter 8

Chapter 8: A lot can happen in five years

In Wordcrafters first five years of existence, we hosted 220 events (workshops, classes, readings, story weekends, and conferences), working with more than 100 authors to bring quality writing and reading events to more than 3,200 adults and 4,250 youth.

While that was a whole lot of events to keep us busy, we felt (and still feel) the most pride around the amazing community of writers and readers who’ve come through our various doors to find each other and what they need to tell their stories.

We’ve always believed in the power of story. 

As Atticus Finch tells Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Stories are often how we’re able to do this. It’s a story that taught us this in the first place!

2018 was full of stories coming to life. Thanks to donors like you.

Our 2018 conference, Behind the Book: Fight or Flight, featured authors Fonda Lee, Stephanie Kuehn, J.C. Geiger, Bill Cameron, and Matthew Lowes. 

Then-volunteer Jo Bartlett offered weekly online write-ins every Tuesday. Plus we had write-in events all through the month of NaNoWriMo.

We also launched Reading Like a Writer: part book group, part craft talk, all fun! Each month, a professional writer discussed a book meaningful to them both as a reader and a writer. A partnership with Shelton McMurphy Johson House–and the support of our donors–made the series possible.

Partnerships with the Springfield Library, Friends of the Library and the University of Oregon Creative Writing program allowed us to offer a series of free monthly writing workshops at the Springfield Library that year.


Very little of what we do is done in isolation. It all comes about because of community–partnerships, friendships, and shared interests.

You’re a critical part of what makes Wordcrafters the place it is today. Your support is what allows us to serve writers just like you with events big and small.