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Local literary organization extends hours for Writers' Hub

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters is making their facility more accessible for local writers with a membership by extending the hours writers can come in to use their headquarters to work on their craft.
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The Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) has recently expanded their Writers' Hub hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It's available for members, who pay a yearly $35 fee to use the space, as well as advance notice of ticketed events like readings and workshops, and the chance to reserve the space for literary-related events at a reduced cost.

The headquarters for GLCL and its Writers' Hub is located at 758 Wealthy Street SE, on the corner of Wealth and Eastern.

The GLCL is a nonprofit group that aims to promote reading and writing in all of its forms. Program Coordinator Zachary Tomaszewski compares it to salons of the late 19th century, a place for people to be creative and write.

The Hub is meant to be a quiet relaxing environment were peope can write alone or in groups with out the distractions that are in normal work and home environments.

"As a writer, I'm aware that distractions abound regardless of our environment, but here at the Writers Hub we're trying to provide a space in which we believe we're limiting some of those while offering a more focused 'distractions,' if that makes sense," explains Tomaszewski. "In other words, we're attempting to open a site to members to streamline their writing endeavors."

Now with better staffing, the board was able to expand the hours that writers can come in to make use of the space for their own writing projects.

"We extended the hours from 10 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday to give people a little more time to use the Writers' Hub," says Jennifer Sorensen, board member for GLCL.

In its recent past ,the building that houses the Writers' Hub was a bookstore owned by Roni Devlin, followed by a year as the Creative Youth Center before becoming the headquarters for GLCL.

"Roni Devlin bought this building with a vision of it being a neighborhood bookstore and spent years remolding it," says Tomaszewski. "That vision came to fruition [with] Literary Life Bookstore- and that was here for nearly five years."

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