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Mountain of Words to help kids climb

mountainofwordslogo (2)On November 14th and 15th I’m going to write as much as I can, not just because it will be great for my own writing, but because it will also give kids around Asheville a chance to experience the power and pleasure of creative writing.

It’s time for the 3rd annual Mountain of Words Write-a-thon to support Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community. Last year’s event helped to fund “Family Voices” at two schools, a program that is very close to my heart.  It places writers in classrooms to give students a chance to share their stories and to bring families together over dinner and creative writing.  Here are some lines of metaphor poems that students wrote with their families during my residency at Hall Fletcher last spring:

We are a neon sweatband because we are unique.

We are suspenders because we hold each other up.

We are like an old, shining piece of valuable jewelry because we have something to give.

Here are some different ways you can participate and support support our work:

  • You can sponsor me here!  Or any of our amazing featured writers participating this year, like Ron Rash, Lamar Giles, Constance Lombardo, Cindy McMahon, or Alexandra Duncan, to name a few.
  • You can join us at our write in at West End Bakery on Sunday, November 15 from 1-3pm.  You can write to fun and inspirational prompts or work on your personal writing in the company of local authors. It’s family- friendly and free to attend with favors and activities for kids.
  • Spread the word!  By reblogging, reposting, or telling your friends, you can make a big difference.

anthologiesI was lucky to be so encouraged with my creativity growing up, and I really believe that everyone should know how valuable their voice is.  Thank you for your support!


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Mountain of Words Write-a-thon

If you care about supporting creative writing opportunities for youth and livelihoods of local writers or just need a push to sit down and write, please check out the Mountain of Words Write-a-thon!

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The Write-a-thon is like a walk-a-thon, but rather than walk, you get to sit in a chair and write as much as you can for two days: Feb. 28 and March 1.  No one will be keeping track of how much you write… it’s just  a personal push.  And if you happen to raise some money along the way, it will help Asheville Writers in the Schools to place writers like myself in teaching residencies in public schools.

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If you live in Western North Carolina, there are lots of opportunities to gather with local participants for some writing community and chances to meet some published writers.  But even from afar, you can participate and gain some writing solidarity in the Write-a-thon!


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