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).