New Podcast Tour Unites Orange County Creativity

1888 Cultural Center Invites Community to Join in Writing Roadshow

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF. -- 1888's Why We Write: Roadshow highlights creative purpose and necessity. Taking submissions from across the globe, this essay series stands as a manifesto to why writers put pen to paper. Each essay is less than 500 words, and everyone is invited to submit and share their work. Why We Write essays will be performed by invitation or through actors for international authors who can’t make the trip.

Events will feature author readings from curated essay submissions. Each event will be recorded for audio podcast and a special video documentary. Below is a list of events in Costa Mesa, Anaheim, and the City of Orange:


 The LAB, Anti-Mall, Costa Mesa

Wednesday, April 18 / Free

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cooks Chapel, Packing House, Anaheim

Wednesday, May 16 / $9

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


1888 Center, Orange

Wednesday, June 20 / $9

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


This 1888 Roadshow is produced in partnership with Community Engagement, Anaheim Packing District, and The LAB

Interested in joining the Why We Write: Roadshow? Submit your essay for consideration before Wednesday, April 11. More information at


Trevor Allred


[email protected]


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Why We Write 

The Why We Write project was inspired by George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write.” 1888 developed this program to highlight our motives for writing and asked the 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.



1888 is a book publisher and podcast producer. Our goal, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultural heritage and literary arts, is to provide our diverse neighborhoods with curated content and lifelong learning programs that are educational and entertaining. The innovative 1888 Center, located in the Historic District of Old Towne Orange, California, hosts a bookshop, gallery, multi-use performance space, and café serving Contra Coffee & Tea.

1888 programs have supported over 1.2 million readers and writers and received media attention from all over the globe including feature articles in the Los Angeles Times and Coast Magazine. Our founder was also the recipient of the Arts Leader Award presented by Arts Orange County and recognized as one of Orange County’s most influential and innovative entrepreneurs in Modern Luxury MagazineOC Weekly, and the Orange County Register in 2015 and 2017.


Community Engagement

Community Engagement is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Southern California. Community Engagement strives to create positive social change in struggling neighborhoods and communities by developing socially engaged art projects that are collaborative, interesting, and participatory.


Anaheim Packing District

Nestled in the heart of Anaheim, The Packing District restores the immigrant energy of this historic downtown via the repurposed historical buildings of the Packard Showroom, Packing House, the MAKE building and (coming soon) the Burns house. As the last standing citrus packing warehouse in Anaheim, the Packing House built in 1919 anchors the district by showcasing more than 30 independent kitchens in an authentic European-style food hall environment. Weekly live music and communal eating creates a must-see for locals and tourists alike. The nearby Center St. Promenade streetscape offers home-style bakeries, vegan restaurant, coffee shop patios, weekly farmers market and seasonal street fairs.


The LAB Anti-Mall

The LAB, an acronym for ‘Little American Business’, began its journey to combat retail monotony in 1993 with revolutionary open air, recycled architecture, native landscaping, music and poetry performances and rotating art installations. But most importantly, the LAB Anti-Mall offered an outlet for local students and others “young at heart" to find a retail village of like-minded entrepreneurs establishing a cutting-edge marketplace within the heart of Costa Mesa, City of the Arts.