"It's all the emotions, dreams, thoughts...rolled into one story." - WYW participant
About Whatcom Young Writers
What started as a weekly free drop-in creative writing class at the local public library has blossomed over the last four years into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which supports, encourages, celebrates and shares the words and stories of young writers in Bellingham, WA and the surrounding county. We are 100% driven by dedicated and talented volunteers.
Whatcom Young Writers offers FREE weekly writing clubs around town, where participants are encouraged and given the opportunity to write - and write, and write - through a variety of activities and interactions. We believe in the power of building community, and everyone becomes invested in each others' work. Whatcom Young Writers also partners for writing projects with other local youth agencies, and we send volunteers into local classrooms at the teacher's invitation to support students during the revision process.
The next horizon is to expand our publishing capability in order to share more words and stories from these talented young writers with the local community...and beyond!
What we're already doing with publishing:
- Paperback anthologies for local classrooms, filled with pieces of similar genre or theme.
- An annual paperback literary journal for teens, Snippets from the Pens of Young Writers. 2013 will bring our third edition. Submissions are pouring in as we speak, and it's promising to be OUTSTANDING.
Most of our publications are printed locally.
What we'd like to add:
- A sister publication to Snippets for the younger set, ages 8-11
- An annual thematic anthology...hardcover!
- Increased capacity for classroom publications
- and possibly things we don't even know we want to publish yet!
What's the publishing process? Well, kids, it goes a little something like this...
Step 1: You write like crazy. You revise and edit until you feel really good about your work.
Step 2: You submit your writing.
Step 3: A team of interested adult volunteers reads it.
Step 4: EITHER we send you a letter saying “Congrats, you’re getting published!” OR we send you some revision suggestions via email. You can choose to work more on your piece and resubmit by the given deadline. Then you’ll get the “Congrats, you’re getting published!” letter.
Step 5: Your parent/guardian signs and returns a consent form to allow us to publish your work.
Step 6: Teen Editorial Committee convenes to design and organize the book.
Step 7: Another team of dedicated volunteers works late into the night putting the finishing touches on the pages.
Step 8: We send it off to be printed.
Step 9: You are invited to attend a book launch and open mic event with your friends and family. Congrats, you’re published!
It is not because I am old enough, not because I write well enough, not because I am a poet, but because I am a person my words are important.” - from “Draft One” by Hosanna Wong
Our tentative publishing timeline for 2013-14:
- Snippets, 3rd Edition (30-40 contributors ages 12-18)
- Classroom(s) thematic anthology, Home (30-45 contributors in 4th grade)
- Open submission thematic anthology (TBD; 30-40 contributors)
- Snippets, 4th Edition
- sister publication to Snippets for writers ages 8-11, 1st edition
- additional classroom anthologies if requested by teachers
Where will my money go?
Most of the funds raised here will go toward printing costs. Other funds will go toward our book launch celebrations, promotional materials, and other administrative fees.
One issue of Snippets from the Pens of Young Writers costs us approximately $4 per copy to print. We always give a complimentary copy to all contributors and involved volunteers. This works out to approximately $200 per publication, without factoring in the costs of promotion, set-up printing (creating proof copies), postage, and, of course, buying lots of cookies for the culminating book launch/open mic event.
All told, a single publication will cost our organization approximately $350.
Your support of our publishing process will allow us to create this issue of Snippets PLUS four additional books, and set the foundation for our increased publishing capacity in the future.
And, for that, you would have our undying love, affection and gratitude.
Risks and challenges
We are new to the publishing game. With each journal or anthology we put together we do it a little more efficiently and effectively. Working together as a team, we are able to face any technological, printing or scheduling setbacks that may arise.
Writing is a risk. Sharing our writing with others is a risk. If young people are willing to take these risks, we will support them no matter the cost.
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