229 – Why We Write Roadshow: Cooks Chapel, Packing House, Anaheim

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 Cooks Chapel, Packing House in Anaheim, 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: Michael Martin
Moderator: Eric Newman
Guests: Shauna Barbosa, PJ Colando, Amanda Fletcher, Ryan Gattis, Ashli Lomeli, Bridget Lyons, Michael Martin, Joanna Nelius, Toti O’Brien, Lydia Oxenham, Mai Pham, Linda Ravenswood, Cindy Rinne, Kathryn Ross, Vincent Scambray, Denise Temal, Barbara Varma, Emily Velasquez, and Nancy Lynée Woo.
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.