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 The LAB Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa, California. Produced in partnership with Brew Sessions, Anaheim 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. The LAB Anti-Mall, Costa Mesa Host and Moderator: Trevor Allred Guests: Jonathan Alexander, Peter Dingus, Gwen Goodkin, Mike Gravagno, Natalie Green, Billie Kelpin, Nancy Klann, Annie Moose, and Sam Ortiz Cooks Chapel, Packing House, Anaheim 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, Orange Host: Sara Guerrero Moderator: Eric Morago Guests: Fisayo Adeyeye, Shelley Armenta, Abigail Ayulo, Jonathan Donabo, Elias Fulmer, Sara Guerrero, Liz Harmer, Carla Huezo, Jose Jaimes, Rebekah LeRoux, Brian Lin, Nick Mauer, Corin Reyburn, T.J. Reynolds, Julie Schulter, and Kristy Tate. Producers: Trevor Allred and Kevin Staniec Audio and Video: Brew Sessions 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.