The Malden Writer’s Collaborative paid a visit to the Writer’s Den at MHS on April 28, Representatives from the group ran a workshop with a group of high school students on how to workshop pieces of writing critically and in depth. The event was held from 2:30-3:30 and was organized by Tufts student Larry Evans, who has been overseeing the Writer’s Den since its establishment.
The Malden Writer’s Collaborative is a local writing group founded by Evangeline Vickery. Vickery grew up in the town of Manlius, New York. She was involved in the arts from an early age participating in private violin and art lessons, dance classes, and various vocal ensembles. After graduating from high school, Evangeline pursued her education at Gordon College, a private Christian liberal arts school in Wenham, Massachusetts. She fast-tracked her schooling and achieved her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications Arts.
Upon graduation, Evangeline relocated to Tiverton, Rhode Island where she worked in public relations and marketing for Living In Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.), Inc., a not-for-profit organization specializing in the care of people with disabilities. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina for a short time where she worked as a freelance web content editor before finally settling back into the Boston area where she currently resides.
In January of 2013 she earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Lesley University. Evangeline’s current writing is focused around family memoirs, food and travel writing, personal profiles, and 10-minute plays. Through the Malden Writer’s Collaborative, she acts as a facilitator, fostering a writing community that consists of aspiring writers.
The aspect of the group is to provide supportive, open-minded and thoughtful opinions to fellow writers on their work. On Vickery’s website, she claims that “By being part of a writing group, we choose to share an intimate part of ourselves with others. It takes courage and strength to share your writing knowing people will have diverse opinions about it”. She explains that the group’s desire is to “help each other grow, not tear each other down”.
The Malden Writer’s Collaborative meets the first and third thursday of every month from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library. They will be accepting new members for the 2017-2018 season very soon. For more information, contact Evangeline Vickery at [email protected].