On the Same Page: Write Night

Free Minds hosts a monthly On the Same Page: Write Night where community volunteers gather alongside Free Minds Poet Ambassadors home from prison to provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated. It is a simple and powerful way to support members’ processes of self-awareness and change, as well as read great writing and meet other volunteers! Write Night is held at two locations: Seekers Church in Takoma Park and Western Presbyterian Church in Foggy Bottom. You can join our mailing list to receive updates in your inbox about upcoming Write Nights, or contact us if you have any questions. Write Night is free and open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend; no RSVP necessary.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Write Night events are held virtually.

The On the Same Page: Write Night program at Western Presbyterian Church is made possible through a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The On the Same Page: Write Night program in Takoma is supported by a grant from the Takoma Foundation.

Write Night comments

Schedule of Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Update: All events to be held virtually until further notice.

November 18, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

January 27, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

February 24, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

March 24, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

April 28, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

May 26, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

June 23, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

 

For a quick tutorial on how to use the virtual platform Miro, watch this video:

Our staff and Poet Ambassadors thank you for joining us "on the same page!"

A Few Tips:

  • There is a sidebar on the screen with all of the tools you will need.
  • Use the "T" for "text" to add a comment on one of the poems--just click on the "T" then click wherever you want to type your message!
  • You can change the font, color, and size of your text.
  • All of your edits will save automatically.
  • Don't be afraid to mess up! There is an undo button if you make a mistake.
  • Address the author by their first name and sign off using your first name.
  • Remember that this is about connecting rather than critiquing. We are here to encourage and thank the author for sharing their work. Look for a favorite line, something you could relate to, or something that made you think.
  • It is okay to add your comments in the space around the poem; our staff will rearrange them as necessary rearrangement before printing and sending to the poets.
  • Here is an example of a poem with comments from past Miro sessions:A page with a poem in the center of the page, and brightly colored, typed comments all around it

Host a Write Lunch

In addition to our regular Write Nights, we now do mobile Write Lunches with local businesses or organizations that reach out to us.  If you are interested in hosting, please contact us through our event form. If you choose to host a Write Lunch, we will provide a selection of poems for the attendees to read and comment on.  As with our regular Write Nights, all feedback will be mailed to the incarcerated poets!

A poem with artwork and comments

 

"I was so surprised the first time I saw the comments! I didn't know people out there cared. When you come in here and you see you've been on the news, you figure people must be scared of you and no longer care about you. When I read what the people at Write Night wrote on my poetry, I saw that they didn't think I was an animal, but just a human being who made a bad choice. It made me want to keep on writing!"
—D'Angelo