Community Writes


Stephen King put it best when he wrote, “Baseball is a good thing. Always was. Always will be.”

The sound of it, the smell of it, the leather and the wood, the grass and the dirt, baseball is a mixture of mathematics and ballet. It is our greatest game and a metaphor for love, life, religion, and even sex.

So why not write about it?

As spring and baseball season beckons, the Hoffman Center for the Arts continues its new program to strengthen our community through writing.

“Community Writes” invites residents of the North Coast, and those with strong ties here, to submit short pieces of fiction, non-fiction or memoir, focused on rotating topics each quarter.

“Community Writes” launched last December with the topic “New Beginnings.”

Round 2 will focus on “Baseball.” It begins March 1 and submissions will be accepted through April 15. There is a $5 fee per submission.

Topics and deadlines for the summer and fall quarters, and more information about how to participate, are available here.

The program is open to all – whether you are a published writer or not – and contributions will be published on a rolling basis on the Hoffman Center website,

“Writing is like a muscle; the harder you work it, the more powerful it becomes,” said Ellis Conklin, a longtime journalist and co-leader of the program. “Community Writes is aimed at helping us see one another and our world more clearly.”