Letter from Lance: What’s Your Story?

Over 10 years ago, I had one of my crazy dashboard ideas while driving (which rank right up there with shower ideas). What if KDL offered a writing contest much like the singing contests that were so popular at the time? People could share their talent, judges could score and the public could weigh in with a popular vote. And, of course, there would be cash prizes and the opportunity to be published.

That epiphany was the birth of the Write Michigan Short Story Contest, now in its 10th year. Write Michigan gives writers of all ages a chance to share their story ― and we all have a story. Besides being a beautiful form of expression and storytelling, writing has long been used as a therapeutic tool. Expressive writing can heal us. Now, more than ever, Write Michigan is just what the doctor ordered. I’m so proud of the way Write Michigan showcases statewide talent and celebrates the written word, one of our favorite things at KDL. I’m also proud of the longevity of the contest, the school partnership component and the Spanish-language category.

I want to encourage you, your children and your students to enter the Write Michigan Short Story Contest this year. It’s your chance to be a part of history.

We can’t wait to read your story!

Lance Werner
Executive Director