After physically moving its headquarters into newly renovated space on Main Street in Frostburg, the FSU Center for Creative Writing is now open to expand its mission even more toward outreach to the community, to writers and to lovers of the written word.
And with the move to the last open space in the Lyric Building on Main Street comes an expanded mission focusing on community outreach; new programs for writers, readers and lovers of the literary arts; and a space for writing and reading.
“We want people to come in, to have their imaginations inspired,” says Center Director Gerry LaFemina.
The center now has workshops available for every type of writer. The community writing workshop will be held every second and fourth Monday of the month, a workshop for veterans will be held on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and a playwriting workshop will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 11. The CCW also hosts a creative reading book group every first Monday at 1 p.m., a poetry book club every third Monday at 7 p.m., a science fiction/fantasy book club every second Tuesday at 7 p.m. and a film/book club every fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The goal, LaFemina says, is to give voice to people in the community who may not feel as if their voices are heard, and to allow for the culture and history of this place to survive and thrive.
A $10,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission was key to the center’s move and affirmation that the arts can help revitalize a downtown community.
“It makes me feel not just part of university life, but part of Frostburg’s life,” LaFemina says. “We already co-host events at (downtown) places like Dante’s and Mountain City Coffee & Creamery. And, of course, we work a great deal with Main Street Books. Now, we’re just expanding our presence here.”
The historic Lyric Building, a former theatre located in the center of town, was devastated by fire in 2004. Since its renovation, it has become home to the FSU Foundation and University Advancement, a branch of the FSU bookstore, a community gathering and entertainment space and a number of apartments.
For more information, call the Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4024 or visit the center’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.