The Downtown Writer's Center started in January 2001 with ambitious plans for writer's workshops and poetry readings at the Montgomery Street YMCA and scant funding for completing those plans. "We began with a modest schedule of events and workshops," recalled DWC executive director Phil Memmer. "The first poetry reading, by Reginald Shepherd, drew 45 people. The initial workshops attracted more people than we anticipated. After that we drastically expanded our programming."Although the DWC has gone off site to present a few readings, its home is still the YMCA, 340 Montgomery St. Memmer said he likes both the downtown location and the center's relationship to the YMCA. "We are part of the Y and its arts programs," he noted. "We emphasize that connection. That's been beneficial for us in many ways."
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