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A two week intensive creative writing class with youth in the Whatcom County Juvenile Justice System
49 backers pledged $2,251 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal #1-  $2,600

Now is that fun moment where we get to imagine what could be done with a few more funds.  Simply put: if we're able to reach $2,600 it will allow us to put on another week long creative writing class this fall!

My larger vision is to create a long term partnership with the juvenile justice system that includes holding classes on a quarterly basis and also running a weekly writing club for teens once they get out of detention.  One of my students has told me, "If I had a place to write like this on the outside it would help keep me out of trouble."

Any additional pledges received at this point help me to establish a sustainable program that will give dozens of youth the chance to find their voice and discover new possibilities for their lives through the power of writing.

The Gist

This summer, I am planning to lead a two week creative writing class with teens in the Whatcom County Juvenile Justice System.  The class will provide an opportunity for youth who are currently serving sentences to find a voice through poetry, stories, and personal narratives.

Youth in the Juvenile Justice System are there because they have gotten themselves into some trouble.  Many of them come from difficult backgrounds and outside of their legal problems have a range of challenging issues they are struggling with.  As you can imagine, they have some powerful stories to tell, and through creative writing they have an opportunity to bring new awareness to their present circumstances and discover untapped inner resources that can help them navigate the challenges they face.

Partnering with me on the project is fellow local poet Kevin Murphy, a regular feature on the Chuckanut Radio Hour and author of A Beautiful Chaos Demands Energy.  Both Kevin and I have worked in a number of classrooms in Whatcom County and have a passion for bringing poetry alive in settings where it is not already being taught and performed.  Our role with youth in the justice system is to affirm that each one of them has a valuable place in our community and that there is power in their own creativity.

We will meet for at least two hours a day for two weeks.  Each day will include lessons and prompts with the intent that students will produce new pieces of writing every session.  At the end of the two weeks students will choose their favorite pieces to go in a chapbook that will then be published and made available to the community.

Project Budget

Compensation for Kevin and Matthew, 60+ hours of instruction, preparation, chapbook creation                                                     $1,200

Kickstarter Gifts, printing, mailing             $200                        

Student Chapbook, 80 copies                  $200          

Kickstarter/Amazon Fees                          $160               

Federal Taxes                                             $240

Risks and challenges

Kevin and I feel well prepared to address any risks and challenges that come with the project. In our professional capacities, both of us have a track record of fulfilling commitments in a timely manner. We have been in close coordination with Suzanne Harris, teacher for the Whatcom County Juvenile Justice system, and are ready to launch the project once the funding is in place.

I ran a similar Kickstarter campaign last summer to fund a new book and poetry tour. The campaign was successful, rewards have been delivered to supporters, and since then I've been able to launch several new teaching artist projects in the community.

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    Your sweet name will be listed in the completed student chapbook as a supporter of the project. Thanks!

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    Your name listed in the chapbook, and you'll receive a copy of an original, unpublished poem by both Kevin and Matthew that you can't get anywhere else! Value: priceless!

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    All of the above, plus a copy of the completed chapbook which will be a collection of students' favorite poems and stories from the project.

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    Your name in the chapbook, an unpublished Matthew and Kevin poem, the student chapbook, plus any one of Matthew's chapbooks. You get to choose!

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    All of the great rewards above, and we'll throw in a copy of Kevin's limited release CD, Between Onions and Oxygen. You can't get this in stores!

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    Previously listed gifts and a night of poetry performance with Kevin and Matthew at a private or public event of your choosing. Restricted to the Puget Sound Area, unless you want to pony up for airfare and a hotel, then by all means...

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    Kevin and Matthew will shine your entire wardrobe of shoes before your very eyes while whistling your favorite show tunes!

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