The 2023 Writers in the Community Pyramid Campaign is On!
The Story of WW2
Dusky sky magnified far off
I walk, compass behind
Evening sea, fresh voice dark.
hybrid blue light.
Glazed lantern, exalt, scattered.
An amateur poet attempts to write
The thoughts in head, the pen takes flight
Creativity and novelty, the plan is right
The world of imagination and endless kites
The poet imagines to fly in daylight
I dream that the next day will be good.
—Participants in Writers in the Community, 2022
In 2022, our wonderful Writers in the Community (WIC) program finally began to emerge from the worst shadows of the COVID era. We completed 17 ten-week projects and added one seven-week pilot project with children aged 6 to 12, younger than the older teens we usually work with. Most of the projects took place in person, a real improvement for the facilitators, educators, and participants alike. One of the highlights of the year was running three simultaneous projects at Kahnawake Survival School. The kids in our 13 partner groups produced not only zines, but podcasts, webzines, calendars, posters, and dramatic monologues.
Another exciting outcome was the publication of seven literary works by WIC participants in Issue 44 of carte blanche! Each piece is annotated by one of the editors who selected it.
As always, many of the young writers we work with have been detained under the Youth Protection Act or the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Others are single teenage mothers without strong support from their families. There are kids with learning disabilities who haven’t flourished in regular schools, and youngsters with psychiatric disorders who can’t live at home on a regular basis. The workshops our writers design give them an opportunity for self-expression and confidence-building, while improving the literacy skills so essential for success in life.
Most of our partners are unable to make a financial contribution to the program. We raise most of the money we need from foundations and public funders, but it’s not enough. Fortunately, the QWF community has been extraordinarily generous since we launched our first Pyramid Campaign in 2011; each year our members have contributed a significant proportion of the funds that help us to finance the Writers in the Community workshops. Last year, in spite of the pandemic and with the special help of a family foundation that requested anonymity, we raised $20,000. Since we have a record number of partner organizations who have asked to work with us in the coming year (19!), we’re increasing our goal by a modest amount, to $22,000.
Here’s one way we can do it:
- 40 “I want to help” donations of $30
- 52 “I’m doing okay!” donations of $50
- 52 “I make a living as a writer!” donations of $100
- 22 “I have a grown-up job!” donations of $500
- 2 “Angel” donations of $1000
So… where do you fit in?
Two ways to give
To make an online donation, click here. Please be sure to choose “Writers in the Community Program” from the drop-down menu. You’ll get a tax receipt directly from CanadaHelps (but they’ll take a small percentage).
If you want QWF to get every cent of your contribution, you can mail us a cheque made out to “Quebec Writers’ Federation” with WIC 2023 written on the memo line. Be sure to include your email address so we can send you your tax receipt.
You can also consider pledging a fixed monthly amount for four months (or longer!)—the online CanadaHelps tool makes that easy, or you can mail in postdated cheques (made out to “Quebec Writers’ Federation”) in one letter.
Whichever way you donate, do let us know how you’d like your name to appear when we acknowledge your gift.
The campaign began January 31, 2023, and closes on April 30, 2023.
The Writers in the Community program has a powerful impact on young lives. Please join us and help make a difference in the lives of kids from our community.
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