As our community members, partner organizations, students, and staff navigate the extraordinary circumstances, responsibilities, and trauma caused by COVID-19, the Nebraska Writers Collective is committed to keeping them safe by keeping our programming remote until further notice.
As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to evolve, leaving uncertainty in its wake, the safety and well-being of our community remains our greatest priority. The Nebraska Writers Collective Management and Leadership teams have been in regular communication, carefully monitoring developments, both locally and nationally. We have consulted guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as those from state and local health departments to develop an appropriate action plan.
We do not anticipate that we'll be able to safely hold any in-person programming such as the Louder Than a Bomb Festival in Spring 2021, among others. However, we are crafting virtual programming that we are thrilled about and think you'll find compelling (and want to see us keep going when the Festival returns in the coming years!). To learn more about the upcoming virtual events, please return to this page for updated information.
Regarding the health and safety of our employees, all NWC staff members have been instructed to conduct work remotely. Throughout this time, the NWC has served our staff in a manner that appropriately addresses COVID-19 related issues and is sensitive to their individual needs. Some of the actions we’ve taken so far include sending routine updates via email, staying connected through ZOOM workshops and meetings, providing paid work opportunities and continuing education training sessions facilitated by both internal staff members and community partners, offering work-from-home flexibility, and making timely adjustments to work arrangements as they arise. We are also conducting a Well-being survey in efforts to assess how we can better support our staff and employees right now and in the future.
The Nebraska Writers Collective will continue to be a place of community, support, and creativity for all through the many challenges that arise. Keep connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.”