Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Joss Whedon on 826NYC - Listen and DONATE!!

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Have to be quick here - I'm on a break at my new job (yay!)

Just learned that Joss Whedon (the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel and, most recently, Dollhouse) gave a great interview on his writing/work process with This American Life's Ira Glass recently over on 826NYC. This organization is dedicated to:

826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18
with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers
inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief
that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that
strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind we
provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools
tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student
publications. All of our free programs are challenging and enjoyable, and
ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively,
creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

You can listen to the entire interview via streaming audio HERE - it's really entertaining!

Please note that you can also donate to 826NYC's mission from that same page - if you support the goal of teaching creative writing to children, please donate $5, $10 or whatever you can spare to this great cause.

Thanks Ira and Joss and thanks to everyone out there who chooses to donate!

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3 comments:

Amy said...

wish they had something like this is Cbus...much prefer donating to something that benefits my own communcity. :(

you should start something.

Matt Cook said...

I never thought about the fact that this might not affect kids in MY community... but it is better than nothing. I should contact them and see how I could replicate their structure in Columbus, true. You know.. in all my SPARE TIME. ((Ahem!))

Sarah Pollock said...

Actually - you can contact 826National and find out more about starting your own 826-like organization in your community! In fact, I also recommend contacting them to find out if there is anyone already in your community that has asked as well!