at Louis Place was founded in 2020 by visual artist Steffani Jemison and writer Quincy Flowers to facilitate peer-led, non-hierarchical learning and exchange for writers and artists. Artist and writer Naima Lowe is a co-facilitator in charge of strengthening and clarifying the community infrastructure and programming.
Through an online platform, aLP offers a vast library of writing prompts, recorded workshops, and other materials that members can access at any time. The online platform and asynchronous offerings enable aLP to prioritize writers who are parents, caregivers, disabled writers and writers with chronic illness, rural writers, and others whose access to in-person creative communities is limited. Writers at Louis Place report benefiting from access to a shared intellectual and co-learning community that is affordable, accessible, and inclusive of members’ input and insight as creative practitioners, offering many of the benefits of a writing school (intellectual rigor, skill sharing, collaboration, and structured community) without the hierarchy, gatekeeping, and high cost of entry. aLP writers use the platform to engage their writing practices as it intersects with all aspects of their creative, personal, and professional lives.
Writers in the aLP community have mounted ambitious new performance works and exhibitions, published books and completed dissertations, and received nationally recognized awards. No less significantly, many members report a renewed sense of agency and confidence in their creative practice. This is all possible because at Louis Place operates as a co-supportive community that values every member’s contributions, capacities, and input regardless of professional status or level of formal education.
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