Edgewater, Michigan (Reuters) – When Melissa Lutz started her creative writing degree at a community college in Ohio, she was in college and working part-time jobs as a waitress.
Her writing, she says, was the first thing she thought of when she heard the word “art”.
“I thought it was just a waste of money.
I was like, ‘What’s going on here?'”
Lutz, who now lives in Chicago, said in an interview.
“I just thought, ‘Why does this have to be something I have to do?'”
But she was able to build a solid foundation that gave her an opportunity to start a blog.
She says she is now a freelance writer with a variety of media clients, and has written for magazines such as Esquire, Esquire Online and Harper’s Bazaar, among others.
Lutz’s blog is a place where writers can share ideas and discuss the industry they write about.
Her first posts about creative writing are a mix of advice, advice and advice, often written in a fashion that could make one feel like she’s being lectured by a college professor.
“I’m always in a good mood when I write,” Lutz said.
“That’s what I’m here for.”
But the blog isn’t just a place for writers to share ideas.
It is a forum for writers of all skill levels to collaborate and learn.
“There are a lot of writers who feel like they’re in a place of mediocrity,” said Lutz.
“This is a way to be a creative writer in a different kind of space.
There’s a lot that I can teach that I haven’t taught in a long time.”
The blog’s founder, Katie Kroll, said it was a way for writers and their fans to come together, share their experiences and ask questions.
“We all want to hear from our fellow writers, to learn about them and see what we’ve learned,” she said.
“It’s the same way a movie theater has a room where you can sit and watch movies and read reviews.
It’s really good for the soul.”
The forum has grown in size since its creation in February, with a total of more than 60,000 readers.
Kroll said she was surprised by how many readers there are and is thrilled by the response.
“This is really a really wonderful community, and we have such a high standard for ourselves,” she told Reuters.
“When people say, ‘I think this is so interesting, but I don’t know if I can do it,’ that’s a really good thing.”‘
I don’t think this community is a good place for me to be’A number of the forum’s most active members are writers of color, and the number of women and people of colour who participate in the discussion is greater than that of other communities, such as tech communities.
The website is also predominantly white and middle-class, with the site’s creators describing themselves as “white writers.”
“It is so much more diverse than most creative writing programs, because it is the only creative writing program in the world that is predominantly white,” said Kroll.
She said her goal is to have a diverse community.
“That’s a good goal,” she added.
“But it’s also the goal to have people that are passionate about what they do.
If you’re a writer of color and you don’t have that passion, then you’re not going to be successful.”
To make sure the forum is inclusive, Kroll has created a community board where people can sign up to become moderators, which means they are responsible for moderating and policing the forum.
“For the past few years, we’ve had a lot more women, and a lot fewer men, sign up on the forum,” Kroll told Reuters, adding that she hopes to have more women and minority writers participate.
“If we have a large diversity of writers and people from a variety [of backgrounds], then we’re going to have the best community for creative writing.”‘
We’ve got so many different types of writers here, and so many of us don’t speak to each other, and that’s really hard to do.’
You can be a white writer or a black writer or Asian writer and we don’t get to speak to one another, and I think that’s incredibly difficult.
“Sometimes people say that there are too many white people here, but that’s not true,” Krol said.
Liz said she and other members of the creative writing community are also working to build more inclusive spaces for women, people of color or LGBT people.
“People need spaces that aren’t just white spaces, they need spaces where they can feel safe to be who they are,” she explained.
“There’s a place that is really for everyone, for everyone.”(Reporting by Elizabeth Chiu; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)