Sioux Falls, S.D. — A new non-profit has emerged to provide support for writers in South Dakota.
South Dakota Writes, founded this year in April, aims to help new and veteran writers connect throughout the state.
Jason Kurtz, the organization’s founder, took some time to chat with us about the organization.
“I noticed that there was something missing in South Dakota,” said Kurtz. “There appeared to be no inclusive organization for writers in the state, so I started a group on Facebook and it just blew up.”
It was a group before it became a full-fledged non-profit including a public Facebook page, mostly due to the overwhelming support and interest in an organization of this nature.
Kurtz says that many of the people in the group are published authors, and that there are a surprising amount of successful writers living in the state.
The immense amount of support for South Dakota Writes prompted the suggestion to create the official non-profit that includes board members from key locations in South Dakota. The organization hosts numerous events statewide aimed to bring local writers together.
On December 10th, South Dakota Writes will be hosting their first book fair — Winter Local Author Book Fair — which will feature authors from across the state as well as a $1 paperback book sale in collaboration with REACH Literacy (a non-profit organization that supports literacy in Sioux Falls). This is a great opportunity to get to know local authors and the writing community here in Sioux Falls.
The group also hosts a Writer’s Happy Hour every third Monday of the month in Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Rapid City.
Keep an eye on South Dakota Writes events and news by regularly checking their Facebook page.