About Us

Our mission is to help people create and share the human story

 

Formally chartered as a non-profit in 1997, Gemini Ink is an outgrowth of a small volunteer reading series for local writers. Our mission reflects our commitment to addressing the dynamic needs of San Antonio writers and readers — Gemini Ink helps people create and share the human story. 

OUR PROGRAMS

 

COMMUNITY WRITING CLASSES (CWC)

CWC offers three semesters of fair cost  fee-based workshops and also many free literary events, all led by professional writers, scholars, and interdisciplinary artists. All CWC classes and events create a space for serious artistic, intellectual, and community-spirited dialogue outside of the academic context. Accommodating job and family schedules and limited budgets, all CWC classes are eligible for teachers’ continuing education credit, and Gemini Ink works to secure underwriting to provide full and partial scholarships and help ensure the diversity of our classes.

WRITERS IN COMMUNITIES (WIC)

WIC sends professional writers into diverse community settings — such as shelters, schools, neighborhood centers, and detention facilities — to work alongside students of all ages, needs, interests and abilities.  WIC writing workshops, — always free to participants — focus on oral traditions, reading, and creative writing, and, because we publish work by each student, represent for many their first acknowledged success with writing. WIC participant numbers have grown some 700% since 2003, reflecting Gemini Ink’s strong emphasis on literarily underserved populations.

AUTOGRAPH SERIES

Autograph Series presents writers of national and international stature — many of them recipients of major prizes such as the Pulitzer or National Book Award — in free public performance followed by audience Q&A and book signing. Ours is one of the only such series in the nation offered to the public at no cost. Autograph Series is partially supported by a ticketed colloquium luncheon with the visiting writer, also including audience Q&A and book signing. Previous Autograph writers have included Margaret Atwood, Grace Paley, Tim O’Brien, Edward P. Jones, Ha Jin, and Philip Levine.