Culture Corner A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma


Call for writers

Creative Colloquy is partnering with Spaceworks Tacoma to present an impactful writing opportunity. “TRANSFORM” is a program by Pierce Transit, City of Tacoma and Broadway Center for Performing Arts aimed at revitalizing Tacoma’s Theater District. The idea is to develop a plan to redesign the transportation and cultural hub framed by 9th and 11th Streets between Broadway and Pacific Avenue into a vibrant district at the core of Tacoma’s downtown.

In response to “TRANSFORM,” Creative Colloquy wants to open a dialogue reflecting upon the past, present and future of the Theater District using the written word as a medium. What does that look like for you, your family and neighbors? Creative non-fiction, essays and poetry are all encouraged as vehicles to voice your stance. Recommended word count is between 1,000 and 3,000 words. (Poetic works need not reach the 1,000-word count guideline.)

All stories are accepted via blind submission and judged by a panel of readers based upon artistic merit and clarity of ideas. It is our hope to open a dialogue that explores both sides of the coin. Accepted works to be published on and performed at an event in January (date and venue to be determined).

The project aims to provide a guiding vision for the Theater District and a preliminary Public Realm Framework Plan, which introduces an array of potential projects and programs to support community and cultural life in the Theater District. Feedback from the community on these initial concepts will be incorporated into a refined plan. This opportunity aims to be a part of the valuable feedback.


• Deadline for work is Dec. 18

• Format all work using MS Word (doc or docx), 12pt., double spaced serif font (Times New Roman, Courier, Garamond)

• Title only on the work

• Do not put your name or contact info on the work. Instead put your name, contact info and title of the work in the cover letter. This is so we can maintain a blind submission process.

• Creative Colloquy accepts submissions from all writers, poets, and essayists throughout Western Washington with a special emphasis on work originating in the South Puget Sound. Please note your location in your cover letter.

By submitting to Creative Colloquy, the author allows for a one-time publication on our site. All rights to the work remain with the author. When and if we decide to print a paper version of Creative Colloquy, we will select pieces from our archives and contact each writer individually for consent for the one-time reprint of the work in the new media.

More about the project:

In 2016, the City of Tacoma, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and Pierce Transit received a prestigious Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant invests in creative place-making projects that contribute to the livability of communities who place the arts at their core.

The Project Partners intend to establish a vision for a more robust and active downtown and they see the Theater District as a core part of this vision. By engaging the Tacoma community, they want to work together on developing a Theater District Culture and Transportation Plan, which will be used to guide further design work, public investment, and planned private development over the next 10 years.

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