Bereket Writing Community
aims to bring together creative writers of diverse backgrounds to participate in intimate and consistent workshop groups where they can give feedback on each other's writing and support one another in their writing journeys. Bereket centers creative writers from different marginalized communities including but not limited to BIPOC, international, low-income, disability, and LGBTQ+ communities, and welcomes any creative writer with a passion for social justice, allyship, and activism.
Bereket means blessing and abundance, which stands for the abundance mindset, as opposed to the scarcity mindset—not competing with one another, but sharing with each other and enjoying the abundance of opportunities, happiness, and success as a community. Created to uplift one another in every member's writing journeys, these workshop groups are aligned with Bereket's values of collaboration, diversity, respect, and intellectual curiosity.
OK, but who's behind this?
Sevde Kaldiroglu founded Bereket Writing Community in 2021 as part of her mission to make creative writing an accessible and sustainable path for all. She is a creative writer from Istanbul, with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Stanford University. At age 17, she was the youngest author of an essay anthology published in Turkey (Yitik Ulke, 2012). Recently, her poetry and short fiction have appeared in The Rising Phoenix Review and The Coachella Review, and was recognized as a finalist for the Pleiades 2021 Kinder/Crump Award for Short Fiction. Find her on Twitter at @sevdekaldiroglu.