Who We Are
Austin Bat Cave is a non-profit writing & tutoring center for kids (ages 6 to 18) that is inspired by the highly successful organization 826 National (co-founded by Dave Eggers) and its respective chapters around the country. We offer a number of free creative writing programs to help students increase their writing and critical thinking skills, to build their confidences as writers, and to dismantle the idea that writing is some insurmountable and unfulfilling task.
We believe that through our workshops and by providing kids in the classroom with one-on-one attention we can help kids become not just better writers but better students.
What We Do
We make published authors out of elementary, middle, and high school kids. After taking the creative work produced by the kids in our programs and helping the students rewrite and edit and revise their work, we publish their stories and poems and personal essays in our HAND & WING anthology. Professionally designed and printed, the HAND & WING anthology becomes a tangible testament to the hard work and creative output of our students.
The anthology is something they can put on their bookshelves, can find sold in local bookstores, can show to family and friends. It is proof-positive that they have stories to tell -- through poetry or songwriting or the graphic novel -- and that their stories are compelling and important and well worth telling. Our Hand & Wing program and the anthology that comes out of it is transformative and inspiring. This year represents the fourth consecutive year of our Hand & Wing program; to date, it has impacted hundreds of public school students in the city of Austin.
How Your Support Will Be Used
Every dollar raised through our Kickstarter campaign will be used to continue funding our in-school Writer's Residency program, Hand & Wing. Every week for the entire school year, we send between three and five volunteers into the classroom to work with students to improve their writing skills and to support the hard-working teachers of Austin ISD. We do this by working with students in small groups and one-on-one with with those who are struggling the most to unravel the mysterious and often daunting writing process. We also bring our own creative writing workshops into the classroom so that once a month the students are given the opportunity to enjoy engaging non-academic writing awesomeness -- hip-hop poetry, comic book writing, screenwriting, and comedy and sketch writing to name just a few of the writing workshops we bring to the students in our program. We then take the best work produced by our budding writers and help them make it even better and then publish it. Given the recent budget cuts in public education, this work is more critical than ever before.
Your contribution -- no matter how much you give -- will enable us not only to continue our great, free program, but will allow us to expand, to work in more public schools and with more great, inventive students. Your support of us and what we do means more to us than you can imagine, and whatever you're able to give, we thank you wholeheartedly.
Thanks so much for your support!
(Disclaimer: Your contribution to Austin Bat Cave is tax-deductible. Austin Bat Cave will send a contribution letter for tax purposes to every donor who requests one. Please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include Contribution Letter in the subject of your email.)
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