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The Writers' Exchange

Help Vancouver’s Writers’ Exchange!

Friends! The Writers’ Exchange gets Vancouver’s inner-city kids excited about reading and writing through crazy, fun, and imaginative creative-writing projects and support from volunteer mentors:

 

 

The Indiegogo Campaign

This month, they’re raising funds to help cover the costs of renovating a new space. Although they’ve been in the same space for years, their rent has recently doubled and forced them to move upstairs–which they’re happy about, because it means not moving locations for the sake of their students.

However, it DOES mean renovating that upstairs space. June first marked the first day of their Indiegogo campaign to help raise their goal of $20,000, and they’re already at almost $14,000 as I’m writing this! But here’s the thing: the full budget of their move and re-design is $53,500, so any extra funds that they can raise would be AMAZING.

About the Writers’ Exchange

Over 500 kids a year attend the Writers’ Exchange programs at their home on East Hastings in Vancouver and in schools across East Vancouver and in the Strathcona area. Most of the kids have been referred to the programs offered by the Writers’ Exchange by their teachers, because they either need extra literacy support (less than half of the kids at Vancouver’s inner-city schools are meeting provincial literacy expectations), or just need a safe place to go after school and/or during the summer.

Or both!

Even though most of the kids they work with say they don’t like reading and writing before they attend the Writers’ Exchange programs, in 2016, 99% of kids said they liked doing the fun literacy activities at the Writers’ Exchange! Also, every single parent polled said their child benefited from attending this amazing organization’s programs.

The Writers’ Exchange runs free, fun literacy programs after school and during the summer, and inner-city teachers also invite the program’s teachers into their classrooms to create publications with their classes. And then they actually have book launch parties for these kids when their publications are bound and ready to go! (The program receives very generous help with this part of the process from a local publishing company.)

This is a legit program that is VERY much needed for everyone in the community–and they need support. Watch their Indiegogo campaign video here, then please, please donate! xo

 

 


The Writers’ Exchange Society is a registered Canadian charity, number 795045095 RR0001.

Word Nerd

Welcome to my website! Please feel free to browse around and familiarize yourself with what I do and how I do it. To sum up, I’m a total word nerd who writes a lot of content for a variety of reasons, people, and platforms. I also provide social media management services to help those words get spread around and seen by those who find them useful.

Being active both in print and online, I truly believe that the written word is something that we use to share, inform, and inspire, whether we think about it or not. People innately seek to learn, connect with others, and affirm their core beliefs in themselves–and reading and writing is our most relevant medium for that!

Enjoy. xo

 

Will Books Disappear?

We began reading about 5000 years ago. Honestly, I don’t think printed books will vanish. But it’s a scary concept! I love reading, and obviously you all do too, because you’re willingly reading these words I wrote right now. I don’t like reading on my laptop, Ipad, or cell phone. I like to go to the bookstore, assemble a giant pile of books that I want, and spend the next hour slowly widdling them down until the remaining few meet my budget for this month’s book addiction. I also enjoy purchasing books, not just borrowing them. I like to contribute to the industry of commercial book production, and will never change my mind about that. Authors deserve their books to be lovingly fondled.

I know the growing trend is leaning towards ebooks that one reads on their Kindle. I have a Kindle, and I occassionally read books this way. But I prefer holding a book in my hands, smelling it, wondering why the publisher chose the cover they did, and analyzing what the subconscious reasons were for me to want to pick the book up in the first place. Reading a book is not just about the reading part. It’s about the way I can relate, in some way, to every book I pick up. It’s about knowing that another human being spent a year of their life (at least) writing this book, and that now I get the privledge of owning it. It’s about the freedom of knowing that you can absorb any information that you deem worthy, whenever you want.

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved books. I owned every single issue of Sweet Valley Twins and The Babysitter Club when I was nine. They transported me to another place where I would get lost in turning pages, and marvel at how many I had read in the time period that was allotted. It wouldn’t have been the same to be holding an Ipad, or sitting at my desk staring at a PC. Everything that may be romantic and nostalgic about reading a book would become clinical and cold.

Within a span of about ten years, we have begun to seriously devalue the amazingness of the printed page. That’s sad.

I’m not anti-technology by any means. I’m not saying that we should garbage our Kindles and do away with ebooks. They have their time and place and are important now. But please don’t stop reading books, with their spines, and covers, and ink. They are a tangible reminder of the author’s hard work and our insatiable need to imagine and fantasize.

Rant done. Go read a (real) book.