What the weal is:

First and foremost, the weal is a newsletter with events & info for young literary-minded, politically-engaged, religiously-curious friends of Commonweal Magazine.

By liking us on Facebook and subscribing to our mailing list, you'll stay in the loop on upcoming internships, workshops, writing contests, and other events. We'll tell you what your peers are reading and writing, and invite you to tell us what you're working on and interested in, too. 

The idea of the weal was born when two young readers expressed disappointment in the lack of Commonweal-sponsored events specifically dedicated to those under a certain age. After a few months of thinking, writing, conversing, and researching, Maria, Kaitlin and Ellen outlined a vision for the weal, which hosted its first event—a Kick-Off Happy Hour at a bar in Union Square—in June 2014. Since then, we've hosted book readings, Cocktails at Commonweal, writing workshops (for both online and spiritual writing styles), and other events to create community and connections among the young readers and friends of Commonweal Magazine.

Questions? Contact us: [email protected] or send us a Facebook message. We'll get back to you ASAP.

- Ellen and Maria



Past Events

Writing Workshop | How to Write About Spirituality
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Writing Workshop | Writing Online with Digital Editor, Dominic Preziosi
Photos here.

December 2, 2014, Drinks with the Editors
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October 14th, Peter Quinn's Banished Children of Eve Book Reading

October 27th, Commonweal's 90th Anniversary Dinner
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July 29th, Cocktail Hour @ the Commonweal Office
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June 29th, Kickoff Happy Hour @Heartland Brewery
Photos here.