Building a Community BEYOND WORDS
“Let a man in a garret but burn with enough intensity, and he will set fire to the world.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Our devotion to community education begins with our name. The word “garret” comes from the French word garite, a watchtower and refuge during times of conflict. Literally, the word “garret” means that forgotten attic room with its bare light bulb hanging from the slope of a ceiling; but figuratively, the word “garret” summons images of old dusty books stacked high in every corner; Fitzgerald and Hemingway scribbling away in twenties Paris; and living artists of all kinds, poor and privileged alike, finding the seclusion they need to create.
The Writer’s Garret reaches beyond these immediate associations to shape a vibrant space with a vision. We bring readers, writers, and communities together under one roof, providing a safe refuge to explore new ideas, study old ones, and to create, create, create.
Community means so much to us that our late co-founder, the poet Jack Myers, developed the Writers’ Community and Mentorship Project (CAMP). He understood the need for a steady and inspired exchange of ideas to keep creativity churning. Even though practiced in solitude, reading and writing are deeply social acts. No one is an island. Language binds us through community, and language opens us to what’s possible.
Whether your interest lie in becoming a member, volunteer, student, mentor, or supporter. we invite you to join our community by taking a class, attending an event,or just dropping by for a cup of coffee and a good book.