Announcing 9 Bridges

PORTLAND, OREGON – March 27, 2015 – The Coffee House Writers Group (CHWG) announced today that it has plans to divest itself of all of its chapters outside of CA. CHWG will continue to support aspiring writers in Southern California through its critique groups but has announced that, at this time, it does not wish to continue serving communities outside of Southern California. All chapters outside of California will be absorbed by the 9 Bridges Writers Guild.

9 Bridges forms a nationwide community of writers, connected through both local chapters and a larger online community. It is headed up by long-time CHWG Board members Mark and Elizabyth Harrington, who served respectively as as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for CHWG.

9 Bridges will assume leadership over the existing CHWG chapters located in Portland, OR, Missoula, MT, and Phoenix,AZ. During the inception of the new organization, the format of the chapters will stay the same, but the organization envisions an evolution towards serving writers throughout multiple stages of their journey. “There are so many writers groups out there, operating as small islands,” Elizabyth Harrington explains. “Our vision is to unite writers through creating bridges connecting these communities.”

Mark Harrington has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer of 9 Bridges and will be responsible for the organizational infrastructure and fiscal stewardship of the organization. Elizabyth Harrington, meanwhile, will preside as Executive Director and will be responsible for the day to day operations and growth of 9 Bridges.

Vargus Pike, longtime member of the Portland Chapter and CHWG Board member, will be assuming the position of Chairman of the Board of 9 Bridges. Vargus has been a valuable asset to the Portland group and will continue to bring his leadership skills and vision to 9 Bridges.

Of the future of 9 Bridges, CHWG Founder and CEO, Christine Marie Bryant said, “Mark and Elizabyth have done so much for the Coffee House Writers Group. They have an amazing vision and passion for helping writers, and I know they will do amazing things with 9 Bridges.”

About 9 Bridges Writers Guild: 9bridges.org is dedicated to supporting writers in all stages of their journey to pursue their craft. In addition to providing peer review and support in the form of critique groups, 9 Bridges gives writers access to a wide community through workshops, events, online forums and the promotion of events that are interesting and benefit our members.  9 Bridges is dedicated to flexibility – through community connections we can quickly adapt to fill a writer’s needs, whether they are just starting out or have published a dozen best sellers.

Contact:

Elizabyth Harrington
Executive Director
elizabyth.harrington@9bridges.org

A Community for Writers

Writer. The word conjures up images of an infinitely wise, Yoda-like being that churns out amazingly complex things called “books” or even more profound creations called “poetry” while drinking a lot of red wine, listening to exotic music and surrounded by six-toed cats. However, while anyone who uses any type of written communication is by definition a writer, most people hesitate to embrace that title. There seems to be this strange perception that there exists a mythical being called a “writer” – and that the rest of us could never achieve that lofty position. The truth of the matter is that we’re all writers – simply because we all write.”
— Elizabyth Harrington

9 Bridges is dedicated to supporting writers in all stages of their journey in the pursuit of their craft. In addition to providing peer review and support in the form of critique groups, 9 Bridges offers writers access to a wide community through workshops, events, online forums and the promotion of events that are of interest and benefit to our members. 9 Bridges is dedicated to flexibility – through community connections we can quickly adapt to fill a writer’s needs, whether they are just starting out or have published a dozen best sellers.

Our meetings are open to everyone, and offer opportunities for writers from many diverse communities to come together for the purpose of improving their craft. Our members include seniors and youth, the homeless, college students, teachers, developmentally and intellectually disabled people, published authors, hobbyists, members of the LGBTQ community, and everything in-between. What they all have in common is a love and desire to write. Our critique format encourages writers not only to have a voice, but to listen to each other as well.