Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP) began informally in 1983 among a group of Friends with a concern for the ministry of the written word. Consisting originally of Quaker publishers and booksellers, QUIP membership now includes authors, editors, publishers—creators of books, articles, and other media—from all over the world.
Over three days in May, nearly 50 Friends from Africa, Belgium, Canada, Russia, the UK, and the United States met online for the QUIP conference, “Celebrating Quaker Writing.” Panels and workshops covered topics including the place and purpose of book reviews, writing for children, book promotion, blogging, and manuscript editing. The virtual gathering also offered author readings from new work, QUIP business (including approval of funds to assist Quaker authors and publishers in countries less affluent than those in which most QUIP members live), and epilogues. All sessions were recorded and are available at QUIP’s website.
QUIP’s mid-year meeting is scheduled for October 22 and will include strategic planning for the future.
Quakers Uniting in Publishing (QUIP) membership includes authors, editors, publishers—creators of books, articles, and any media.
In late July, about 30 European QUIP Friends met for an hour as part of Britain Yearly Meeting’s Gathering. Worship-sharing Friends present heard passages of poetry and prose from eight QUIP members.
QUIP’s midyear meeting will be on October 2 via Zoom to discuss the 2022 theme, topics, dates, and how to meet (in person, virtual, or a hybrid model). Any requests for the Tacey Sowle grant, intended to assist Quaker authors and publishers in countries less affluent than those in which most QUIP members live, can also be considered.
Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP) publishers, authors, and booksellers want their works (print, media, art) shared with a wider audience. The wider Quaker community includes many creators in many genres and media, all encouraged by QUIP. While Quaker publishers and bookstores are fewer than in the past, there are still many ways to share the messages, and these creators join in sharing their work through QUIP.
The 2021 annual conference on April 9–11, Publishing Quaker Truths in an Upside-Down World, was in Great Britain but held virtually through Woodbrooke. Featured speakers were Brent Bill, Joe Jones, and Sally Nicholls. Workshops included Sarah Katreen Hoggatt and Gabe Ehri presenting on video and other media, poetry writing with Philip Gross, and a panel on how to get spiritual books published. The online format allowed for international participation while air travel remains limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
QUIP is also the ministry of Quaker publication in areas of poverty and few resources. Since 1999 QUIP has dedicated part of its dues to help those from underserved countries to attend QUIP meetings, work with QUIP members, or financially assist publishing ventures. These small Tacey Sowle grants provide seed money and encouragement. An application form is on the QUIP website.
Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP) publishers, authors, and booksellers want their works (print, media, art) shared with a wider audience.
The 2020 annual conference business session and title sharing were held on April 25 via Zoom. Plenary speaker talks presented on May 9 and 23 and June 6 are available on the website. Marcelle Martin spoke on “From My Heart to Yours: Sharing a Faith that Heals,” Tom Hamm on “Quaker Publishing: An Historical Overview,” and Ashley Wilcox shared “Being a Quaker for Others.” This different format and schedule had good attendance and participation, suggesting Quaker voices are still important; the ministry of the written word connects us in troubled times.
A common concern of QUIP Quakers is the ministry of Quaker publication in areas of poverty and few resources. In 1999 QUIP minuted dedicating part of the annual dues toward assisting those from underserved countries to attend QUIP meetings, work with QUIP members, or financially assist publishing ventures. These funds helped publish Jack Wilcutt’s Why Friends Are Friends in Spanish and a revised Lighting Candles in the Dark in Russian; provide travel costs of contributors for Spirit Rising; and for Emma Condori’s time in translating and collecting religious education materials into Spanish and now online. These small Tacey Sowle grants provide seed money and encouragement. An application form is on the QUIP homepage.