9 Bridges

A Community of Writers

aka 9 Bridges Writers Guild   |   Clinton, MS   |  www.9bridges.org

Mission

9 Bridges is dedicated to supporting writers in all stages of their journey to pursue their craft. In addition to providing peer review and support in the form of critique groups, 9 Bridges gives writers access to a wider community through workshops, events, online forums and the promotion of events that are interesting and benefit our members, whether they are just starting out or have published a dozen best sellers. Our meetings are open and to everyone, and offer opportunities for writers from many diverse communities to come together for the purpose of improving their craft. What all of our members have in common is a love and desire to write. Whenever possible we make these events free to our members and to the general public.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mrs. Elizabyth Harrington

CFO

Mr. Mark Victor Harrington

Main address

612 Trailwood Dr.

Clinton, MS 39056 USA

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EIN

47-3530903

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Writing is a solitary exercise and many writers find themselves isolated from peers and resources. With the publishing industry incredibly competitive and changing on an almost daily basis, it's important for authors to stay up-to-date on current trends. There are a lot of services for authors, including other writing organizations, but most cost money to join and/or attend, which makes them inaccessible for low-income or marginalized communities.

Our programs

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Critique Groups

Our critique format encourages writers not only to have a voice, but to listen to each other as well. Not only do writers come together to help each other through peer review, but writers develop important skills through listening, critiquing and reading out loud. All opinions are welcome and even first timers are encouraged to participate – both by critiquing and sharing their work. Writers find that they learn new tricks not only from critiques on their work, but from critiques on other members’ work.

Population(s) Served

Our monthly workshops (via Zoom) cover a wide variety of topics, from character development to self publishing. They are taught by experienced professionals, published authors and educators. In the past we have covered topics like Scrivener, character development, self-publishing basics and poetry. Generally our topics are chosen by our members and average about 50% on the business of writing and 50% on the craft.

Population(s) Served

Regular meetings for the purpose of being a supportive and social environment for writing. These meetings are a combination of timed writing blocs and relevant discussion. Currently due to COVID they are held via Discord and other platforms.

Population(s) Served

This annual book fair is held on the last Saturday in July every year. It is open to self-published authors, independent publishers and bookstores, as well as services and organizations to help writers publish their work. It is free to the public and the most inexpensive event in Portland for authors to promote themselves. We look for donations to subsidize the cost of the event so we can open the event up for participation by low-income and diverse populations, who can't otherwise afford the costs to participate in other book fairs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To create safe, supportive communities throughout the world, where writers can hone their craft and support and mentor their peers. That peer-to-peer connection is our First Bridge.
 
To encourage writers through every part of their personal journey, through educational programs, support groups, scholarships and literacy programs. Our Second Bridge closes gaps in a writer's knowledge of the craft.
 
To expose writers to new experiences, by opening their minds to new genres and new points of view through contact with other authors. Encouraging diversity through inclusion is our Third Bridge.
  
To bring together aspiring beginners with seasoned professionals in order to learn and grow from each other. Sharing wisdom forms our Fourth Bridge.
 
To provide support and opportunities for writers interested in publishing their work. Our Fifth Bridge connects writers with the business of publishing.
 
To provide networking and promotional opportunities for authors who are actively marketing their work. Closing the gap between a writer and their audience forms our Sixth Bridge.
 
To support and recognize our internal community leaders, whether through promotional opportunities, stipends, fellowships, and programs aimed at promoting leaders within the writing community. Our Seventh Bridge paves the way for writers to become leaders.
 
To create a community larger than us through partnerships and cobranding with other arts and literacy organizations. Our Eighth Bridge is an ever-expanding matrix linking communities with each other.
 
To provide support and guidance when our members most need it. Connecting writers with their own souls to overcome insecurities and writers block is our Ninth Bridge

We've created communities of writers through a network of regular events - critique groups, write-ins, workshops and special events - where writers can hone their craft and support and mentor their peers in a positive and constructive environment. Membership is free in order to attract authors from underprivileged and marginalized communities. This fulfills our main purpose of creating a diverse community of voices.
 
We continue to encourage writers to grow and learn through educational programs, support groups, and scholarships. As we grow, we are developing programs to further advance our members' own personal writing goals - whether they want to be published or simply write for fun.
 
9 Bridges exists to bring as many writers together as possible, so we have adopted a strategy of competing as little as possible with other organizations, institutions or resources that writers may find useful.

We have developed a business model that allows us to continue to evolve to meet our members' needs. Our organization is divided into regional chapters, with each chapter operating fairly autonomously. This allows each chapter to customize their offerings based on need, evolving as needed. Regular events are hosted by volunteers. We've partnered with other writing organizations to help their members find resources not provided by other groups or to provide our members with useful material. 9 Bridges has put on book fairs, published anthologies and is currently developing a specialized program to help trauma victims heal through writing.

We have put on two annual Book Festivals which were extremely successful.

We have grown to over 2600 members with chapters in four states and have events happening almost every day of the week.

We have become a recognized voice in the Portland and Los Angeles writing communities.

We have published our first Poetry Anthology.

We have launched our website and have a strong social media presence.

We are planning a new program to help victims of trauma (PTSD) heal through writing.

We are developing a new scholarship program and already have a commitment from a donor to fund it for the next five years.

We are in initial planning stages of our next anthology project.

Financials

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9 Bridges

Board of directors
as of 7/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vargus Pike

Pietzche Pit Press

Term: 2015 - 2017

Rora Melendy