S233. Writers and the Greater Community: How to Make a Difference

Gold Salon 1, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This panel features leaders of community outreach programs for students, low-income adults, and hospitalized patients to talk about the value of writers helping others to find their voices and how it can deepen one’s engagement with the world. Panelists discuss the challenges and rewards of building outreach programs, and the unexpected synergies of service work and creativity. How to get started, where to volunteer, and the balance of community outreach with writing is also explored.

Moderator: S. Kirk Walsh has worked as a writer in schools and other institutions, such as hospitals and domestic violence shelters. In 2007, she founded Austin Bat Cave, a writing and tutoring center for kids that provides free writing workshops. She is a fiction writer and a graduate of NYU’s writing program

Vivé Griffith has directed Free Minds, a program offering free college humanities and writing classes to low-income adults in Austin, Texas since 2007. A published poet and essayist, she holds degrees from the Michener Center for Writers at UT (MFA) and the University of Cincinnati (MA, English).

Joel Arquillos is the executive director at 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring organization that serves youth ages 6–18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and supports teachers by helping them get their students excited about writing.

Ami Walsh is a writer in residence with the Gifts of Art Program at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. She helped to start a bedside storytelling program for hospitalized patients in 2012. She is a fiction writer and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


Gil Soltz invites all Wallies to a celebration of the YEFE NOF residency



Thursday, March 31 @ 6-8pm

YNR invites you – Writers, Researchers, & Designers – to our happy hour to celebrate the making and completing of projects. We offer an exceptional place to work in the mountains of Lake Arrowhead. Come on 3/31 to meet those involved and to learn more. For information about 2016-2017 applications go to yefenof.com


*the party happening in the midst of a party

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