Nebraska Writers Collective programs serve the organization’s mission of using creative writing and performance poetry to foster personal empowerment and community-building throughout the Midwest. They include Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains (school outreach), Writers on Loan (community outreach), the Seven Doctors Project (professional outreach), Spark Wheel Press (publishing and promoting writers), and Writers’ Block (prison outreach).
Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains
Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains is the biggest youth poetry festival in the Midwest. Dozens of NWC Teaching Artists work with hundreds of students from 40+ high schools throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa for months writing, revising, and rehearsing original performance poetry. Students then perform their individual and group pieces during a month-long tournament each April. Programming is provided at no charge to students and all events are free and open to the public.
Writers On Loan
Writers On Loan is the NWC’s community outreach program, offering a variety of free writing workshops in venues ranging from schools and businesses to prisons and youth detention centers. It also serves as an incubator for new programming.
The Seven Doctors Project
The Seven Doctors Project provides free intensive, multi-week small-group writing sessions designed to accommodate working professionals who otherwise cannot find the time, space, or mentoring needed to engage with their creative side. The program focuses on the creation and development of publishable work, with several alumni landing book deals.
Spark Wheel Press
Founded by Jen Lambert and Liz Kay in 2011, Spark Wheel Press focuses on publishing and promoting exceptional works of contemporary poetry. Spark Wheel Press joined the NWC in 2015 and continues the national work it is known for while also handling a variety of publications for the organization.
This prison outreach program provides monthly therapeutic writing workshops to inmates in Nebraska, with plans to expand to Iowa.