You can also click on this link to the Google map. 


The way we think of place has been largely shaped by our travels, around the globe and in books, but the way we write about place owes credit to the Story Workshop TM method of teaching writing, originated by John Schultz and taught in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.

While the story-generating “Take a Place” exercise provided we student writers with a setting and then led deeper, to more coaching for story within the classroom semi-circle, for our purpose here at the Great Lakes Review Narrative Map, the place IS the story. We want to hear about your experiences and studies, your places through your eyes, your window, your research, your memories, your plans.

We want to put the places that have impressed you, in whatever way, on our map.

We accept literary, non-fiction sketches of 1000 words or less. The place could be as large as Lake Superior or as small as a donut shop or a deer blind, a room in a building that you see clearly. We’re looking for all voices from across the Great Lakes region, including Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ontario, Minnesota and New York State.

When we say “sketches,” think of a literary postcard. There should be some movement, the feel of a beginning and end, maybe even a middle. Tell us what’s important about this place. Tell us what we need to know, what you need us to know. There needn’t be one story, one plot, but it’s up to you to make sure we can see your place as you want us to see it.

So, “Take a Place,”
We’ll see you there.

GLR Narrative Map Crew

Meredith and John Counts

Managing Editor Meredith Counts and Web Editor John Counts at one of their favorite spots on the Great Lakes, Frankfort, Michigan.

GLR editors Meredith Counts and John Counts at one of their favorite spots on the Great Lakes, Frankfort, Michigan.