Thursday, May 08, 2008

Writing for a Good Cause (Part Two)

Longtime Practicing Writing readers may recall that last year, I participated in the New York Writers Coalition's 2nd Annual Write-a-Thon, raising funds for this terrific organization. Time flies; the next NYWC Write-a-Thon is coming up very soon, on Saturday, May 17.

For those unfamiliar with it, the NYWC has quite an admirable mission:
NY Writers Coalition Inc. (NYWC) provides free and low-cost creative writing workshops throughout New York City for people from groups that have been historically deprived of voice in our society. We also publish our workshop participants' writing and organize public readings of their work. Writing with others in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance, participants discover the value of their own stories, gain confidence and a stronger sense of self and become less isolated from themselves and from society. By creating a community of writers and leaders from diverse backgrounds, we galvanize the voices of the marginalized and create opportunities for all writers to connect with the larger community. NYWC's goal is to create an inclusive city, one that is aware of the diversity of voices within it and honors the lives of all of its citizens.

By participating in the Write-a-Thon, I'm able to help the NYWC fulfill this mission--and I get some writing done in the process. So I've signed on to participate once again this year (the 2008 Write-a-Thon is slated for Saturday, May 17).

If you'd like to add your support, please consider making a donation. And if you'd like to learn more about the NYWC, you can do so here. Thank you!

2 comments:

lissa said...

hi erika. i saw this post yesterday, and all i could think of was that i had to be a part of this great cause so in one day i raised enough money to go to the write-a-thon. i'm so excited for it. :)

<3 lissa

Erika D. said...

Lissa, that is fantastic. I hope to meet you next week!