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Connecting community organizers in Phoenix, AZ
#PhxLitServ (read: Phoenix Lit Serve) is a co-determined, collective space for creative writing community organizers to stay connected with each other and develop relationships as they work towards building the local literary field.
Beyond quarterly member meetings, the #PhxLitServ maintains event calendars, email lists, facebook groups, and other communication platforms for members to ask questions, coordinate programs, and share resources.
Interested in joining? The #PhxLitServ is open to any individual organizing an event series, class, or other creative writing program. All genres and forms are welcome. Programs should have at least a 6 month history. Membership is free.
To learn more about the Lit Serv, you can read the information below or join the #PhxLitServ.
Departing from the idea of a list serv—an electronic mailing list used to manage communications within various communities—#PhxLitServ is a marketing and outreach initiative from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU that aims to further develop the local literary field.
While talks, classes, and other Piper events and programs serve individual writers, readers, and the larger community, #PhxLitServ serves community organizers, teachers, and other individuals providing literary programs and services themselves.
Through meetings, mailing lists, calendars, and other internal communications platforms, #PhxLitServ seeks to provide members with a co-determined, collective space to stay connected and develop relationships as they work towards common goals. While specific agendas or other items of business are determined by members, potential uses of the space include:
#PhxLitServ is open to any individual or organization satisfying each of the following criteria:
Guidelines for programming are broad, inclusive, and open to interpretation. Examples of individuals or programs that qualify for #PhxLitServ include but are not limited to:
Individuals or programs do not need to be professional in the sense of being a separate legal entity, generating revenue, or having paid staff members in order to join. All levels of organization or activity are welcome to join.
Individuals or organizations do not need to be based in the Phoenix metropolitan area in order to join, so long as they have an active interest in working in Phoenix and satisfy all of the other criteria.
Additionally, programming does not need to be exclusively focused on creative writing or literature. Larger arts and culture organizations with any creative writing component or an active interest in developing creative writing program or other collaborations are also welcome to join.
Please note: while individual authors are welcome to join if they are teaching classes, running open mic series, or similar events, individual authors are ineligible solely in terms of having published work or being featured at readings. Individual authors must be creating some kind of community space to join.
All genres and forms of creative writing and related fields are welcome to join. Examples include but are not limited to: poetry; fiction; creative nonfiction; journalism; memoir; novels; English; English literature; comparative literature; storytelling; stageplays and screenwriting; science fiction; romance; mystery and noir; travel writing; and so on.
There are no costs to becoming a member. Membership is free.
Beyond general camaraderie and developing relationships, members of #PhxLitServ gain access to any mailing lists, facebook groups, event calendars, or other assets and tools maintained by the #PhxLitServ.
Membership in the #PhxLitServ is completely voluntary and at-will. Members are under no obligation to attend meetings, join committees, respond to emails, or otherwise participate in #PhxLitServ activities. That being said, members who have not attended a meeting within the last year may be asked to leave the group.
Similarly, any member whose conduct is found to undermine, subvert, or otherwise conflict with the values of the group--respect, cooperation, service, and community--may be asked to leave. As host, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing reserves the right to maintain a safe and accessible community space.