About Works In Progress

Works In Progress is a free, volunteer-operated progressive community newspaper based in Olympia, Washington. Established by the Thurston County Rainbow Coalition, the paper published its first issue in May 1990.

Our aim is to confront injustice and encourage a participatory democracy based on economic, social, and environmental justice. Works In Progress is dedicated to providing a voice for those most affected by the exclusionary and unfair practices that seek to silence the oppressed.


Please send text as Word attachments. Artwork and photos can be sent electronically or we can scan them for you as camera-ready/black & white.

Works In Progress is committed to stories misrepresented or ignored by the mainstream media. We value local, well-researched news stories, accounts of personal experience, and reflections by local authors. Opinion pieces, also valued, are often best supported by facts, examples, and sources, and we encourage writers to include these elements to submissions.  We’re also looking for graphics, poetry, cartoons, and articles that push the boundaries of conventional journalism.

WIP reserves the right to publish in whole or part all submissions. For editing purposes, please enclose your phone number. Articles may be reprinted. Please cite sources.

If your issue isn’t being covered in Works In Progress, it's because you're not writing about it.  (No excuses; get out that pencil and paper!)

Send submissions to olywip@gmail.com or mail to Works In Progress, PO Box 295, Olympia, WA 98507-0295.

Interested in writing for Works in Progress or just want to learn more about citizen journalism?

 Come to a Writers' Group meeting for advice, editing support, story ideas, collaboration opportunities, and a chance to meet fellow local writers.

You don't need experience in journalism to attend, you don't have to already be writing for WiP, and you don't need to bring a finished piece. Just bring yourself, a sense of curiosity, and willingness to learn! 

Please contact Marissa Luck for more information marissaluck7@gmail.com