A PROJECT OF SPARK CENTRAL
Nothing is so empowering as sharing your words with a supportive and accepting community, seeing your words in print, and reading them aloud to an appreciative audience. The West Central Publishing Union is about engaging citizens of all ages in the literary arts, making writing accessible, and building a supportive, growing community of writers in Spokane, from elementary school to adulthood.
We want as many Spokane residents as possible to discover their creative power with words and feel the thrill of publication and sharing. This will build a more literate community that is appreciative of and participates in the literary arts and has the writing skills and confidence for whatever future they pursue.
West Central Express
Holmes Elementary's After-School Newspaper Club
A real newspaper created by Holmes Elementary School 5th & 6th graders for readers across the West Central neighborhood.
Support from the Pacific Northwest Inlander and dedicated volunteers (including our venerable editor-in-chief, Shawn Vestal from The Spokesman-Review) make this newspaper project a powerful learning experience for junior journalists!
WEST CENTRAL PUBLISHING UNION FIELD TRIPS
FOR WEST CENTRAL THIRD GRADE STUDENTS
In West Central Publishing Union field trips, students depart on a two-hour storytelling adventure where they imagine characters, develop settings, and devise action-packed plots. The field trip culminates in each student receiving a personalized, bound book and the accomplishment of becoming a published writer.
Volunteers guide students in their writing experience, acting as encouraging tutors. Our resident editor, the unseen Penelope Bucket, and her stubborn sidekick hippopotamus, Snoz, interact with students and push their imaginative story-telling abilities.
Each class writes the first part of the story together, typed and illustrated in real-time by volunteers, before students write their endings individually and submit them for publication. Each student receives a bound book with the typed beginning, illustrations, and their own handwritten ending to share with their peers and parents. We hope for each student, this experience is just the beginning of a long writing career.
We are currently only working with West Central elementary schools on field trips.
Our West Central Publishing Union field trips have been made possible in part by a SAGA grant from the Spokane Arts Fund.
COMMUNITY BOOK PROJECTS
WITH LOCAL PUBLISHED AUTHORS
One of the many amazing things about Spark Central is that we publish our own writing collections in short-run editions. Books are produced in limited quantities and always sell out the night of the release (so don't miss out).
These collections feature adults and teens from our community and are the result of writing workshops run by local writers. Participants engage in meaningful writing exercises, collaborative workshopping, and a community reading where we celebrate our work together. Each participant receives a copy of the publication, the rest of which are sold to support Spark Central's programs and publishing projects, so we can keep paying the creativity forward.
Past projects, such as The Periodic Table of Poems, have featured a diverse cross-section of our Spokane community, containing teens and senior citizens, immigrants and long-time neighborhood residents, writing novices and established writers.
Support for WCPU
West Central Publishing Union's youth programs are made possible by these generous donors.