We Made it Another Year! What’s Next? A Letter from the Editors

Wow — we can’t believe it’s already time for our annual update, which we usually do in early September, but…you know. We’re thankful that despite all of the “unprecedented” events this year hurled at us (including our website crashing!) we began lots of exciting new things at Dismantle. 

What We Accomplished and What’s in the Works:

We continued publishing new work and paying writers. Since our launch we’ve published work by 60 writers from across the US and around the world. And we’re very excited about our upcoming fall/winter calendar featuring a mix of new and returning contributors. 

In case you missed it (ICYMI): we kicked off  our Fall 2021 calendar with a 3-part series exploring Cottagecore: What the 1980s Prairie Revival Can Tell Us about Cottagecore, The Problems and Potential of Loving Cottagecore as a Woman of Color, What Vintage Gunne Sax Taught Me about Desire and the Power of Fantasy.

Launched our new branch, Dismantle Education: We officially unveiled the site at the start of 2021 and are continuing to create new learning materials! Stay tuned for more to come this fall and in 2022, including learning resources that can be used in and out of the classroom. And don’t forget: Patreon members always get Dismantle Education discounts!

ICYMI: Check out our free course, “Why Representation Matters.” We also held our first live webinar in February, featuring upcycling designer Ophir El-Boher (which can be viewed here — also for free!). 

Transformed our “Your Public Voice” workshop into a self-guided course: Your Public Voice is a self-paced writing course for scholars and advanced professionals who want to share their knowledge with a general audience. 

Developed the initial stages of our writing consulting business! Drawing from our skill set as Dismantle editors (and writers and educators), we’re offering writing coaching sessions for those who want to develop their writing for new/wider audiences. If you or anyone you know could use these services, we’d be so grateful for a referral! Patreon Patrons and those with financial limitations can get a discounted rate. Contact us here for details. 

Grew our Patreon membership. We had two successful member drives in the last year and are now over 40 members strong. Woohoo! Patrons make all of this possible (and they get perks like community events and access to archived articles).

ICYMI: We recently gave new Patrons a super cute “back to school” Dismantle notebook. We still have a few left and they’re available for a $25 Paypal donation! (Be sure to include your mailing address in the note section.)

Elise showing off our cute, handy little notebook

It’s been a wild, busy year, but we’re so happy knowing that we’re reaching more people than ever and can see other tangible results in our growth. We’d love to hear from you for any reason, especially if you have thoughts on any of these developments or would like to get more involved with what we’re doing! Drop us an email at dismantlemedia@gmail.com or connect via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Patreon!

Thank you again so much for being a part of Dismantle!

– Sara and Elise, The Editors and Co-founders

Sara Tatyana Bernstein
Sara is the co-founder of Dismantle Magazine. You can also find her writing on Longreads, LitHub, Hippocampus, Catapult, The Outline, Racked, BuzzFeed Reader, and more.
Elise is a writer, editor and educator with 20+ years in academia and communications. When she isn’t writing web copy, editing a manuscript or putting together the next issue of Dismantle Magazine, she’s teaching. She works part time as a university instructor and recently became a certified yoga teacher. A Louisiana native, Elise enjoys spending time in Mexico with her partner and their dog, “Peligrosa.”