228 – Why We Write Roadshow: The LAB Anti-Mall, Costa Mesa

We took our Why We Write project on the road with an Orange County Tour. Live events were produced throughout Orange County and featured author readings from curated essay submissions. This event was recorded live at The LAB Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa, California. Produced in partnership with Brew SessionsAnaheim Packing District and The LAB

1888 Center programs are recorded and archived as a free educational resource on our website or with your favorite podcast app including Apple and Spotify. Each interdisciplinary episode is designed to provide a unique platform for industry innovators to share stories about art, literature, music, history, science, or technology.

Producers: Trevor Allred and Kevin Staniec
Audio and Video: Brew Sessions
Host and Moderator: Trevor Allred
Guests: Jonathan Alexander, Peter Dingus, Gwen Goodkin, Mike Gravagno, Natalie Green, Billie Kelpin, Nancy Klann, Annie Moose, Sam Ortiz, and Elizabeth Vasquez
1888 Center Podcast music composed and performed by Dan Reckard



Inspired by George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write,” we developed an introspective project to highlight our motives for writing and asked the international community to share their story and join the conversation.

Over the last month, this collaborative project received submissions from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, England, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malta, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, United Kingdom, and 33 States in America.

Submit your essay for consideration.