Founded in 2008, The Nebraska Writers Collective is an Omaha-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that fosters personal empowerment and community-building in the Midwest through creative writing and performance poetry. We pursue this mission through a variety of literary outreach programs, but primarily through hands-on, interactive workshops focused on the creation and performance of original writing.
NWC programming focuses on three main goals:
Mentoring New Writers
The NWC offers a variety of workshop-based programming throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa that helps people find and share their voices in safe, supportive environments. Programs include:
Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains, serving thousands of students in 40+ schools throughout Nebraska and western Iowa. Hundreds then form teams to participate in the full 12-14 week program where they write, revise, rehearse, and perform original individual and group pieces.
Writers On Loan, offering a variety of writing workshops ranging from traditional one-session engagements to a Writers’ Block program serving prisons and detention centers monthly.
The Seven Doctors Project, accommodating the busy schedules of working professionals who rarely have time to engage in creative self-expression. Participants engage in intensive evening writing workshops in small group settings for 6-8 weeks, with a focus on the creation of publishable work. It was named for the seven physicians who participated in the inaugural session.
Sustaining and Retaining Established Writers
Nebraska Writers Collective programs provide paying work opportunities to accomplished local poets and writers to help retain them in our community. Many NWC Teaching Artists make a significant portion of their living from the work they do for NWC programs, giving them incentive to continue enriching our communities with their talent and experience. The NWC also brings many of the top touring poets in the world to our communities for workshops, readings, and other events.
Preserving and Promoting the Work of Writers Throughout Nebraska, Western Iowa, and Beyond
The incorporation of Spark Wheel Press in 2015 has allowed the NWC to become involved in the national publishing landscape, and to produce and publish book-length work emerging from NWC programming and from Nebraska’s top emerging and established poets.