Art by Halli Lilburn
We have some very exciting news to share! Our Editor in Chief, Lindsay Chudzik, is collaborating with STORY, a nonprofit committed to transforming the lives of children and families living below the poverty line through trauma-informed programming and community care, to create a book club and writing collective for middle school girls living in public housing. They will meet once a week for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year. Though her goal is for this to become a permanent program at STORY, this first year will take an immense amount of scaffolding and planning as they recruit their first class and develop sound pedagogical practices to ensure the project is successful, sustainable, and strengths-based.
The workshop will consist of discussing two novels with diverse characters, one in the fall and one in the spring. Representation through literature is crucial for this demographic, as they need to see themselves and their concerns reflected in the pages they read. Not only will this encourage them to be more engaged in the discussions at hand, but when their experiences are privileged and valued, this also will enable them to feel more connected to learning institutions as a whole. She also hopes to bring the authors of those novels to STORY to do hands-on writing workshops with the students.
In terms of the writing portion of the course, the students will draft semi-autobiographical novellas. In the spring, they also will work in conjunction with editors from Feels Blind Literary to produce a special apprentice issue of the magazine featuring excerpts from their work. Participants will have the opportunity to experience an authentic editorial and revision process, as well as a professional interview and photoshoot for Feels Blind’s website and the book jacket covers for their novellas.
When we launched Feels Blind, we wanted to work on projects exactly like this. We can't wait to launch our first Apprentice Issue in Summer 2022.
If you are affiliated with a non-profit or school and would like us to host a series of free writing workshops with your organization, please contact us at email@example.com.