The 2017 Saturday Writing Club in Greenville, SC will have their book launch on Sunday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m. It will be the culmination of a six-month writing class that started in January 2017. SC Humanities supported the Saturday Writing Club with a Fast Track Literary Grant in November 2016.
Saturday Writing Club is a free writing program for youth ages 9 – 14 that allows a diverse group of pre-selected students to work one-on-one with volunteers, educators, and artists twice-monthly to play with words and to publish a professional-quality collection of their own stories and poetry. The Saturday Writing Club program is designed to increase students’ confidence in their unique voices through one-on-one feedback and encouragement from a caring adult, authentic publishing experiences, and a safe creative environment for experimentation and play.
At the book launch, the students will reveal a book of their work from the class titled Dare to Escape, and thirteen of the class participants will give readings. The book launch will take place at M. Judson Booksellers, 130 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601.
Greenville Wordsmiths began in 2012 and was inspired by Dave Eggers’ TED Talk “Once Upon a School.” The vision of the organization is that all children in Greenville County, regardless of social class, address, or learning difference, will be able to communicate their ideas confidently to a variety of audiences. For more information about Greenville Wordsmiths and the Saturday Writing Club, please visit the website at http://www.greenvillewordsmiths.com.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.
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