Announcing: WRITEABILITY, a guild for writers
For the past five years, I have been studying and experimenting as an entrepreneur, alongside my efforts as an author and mentor. Most of this work has been behind the scenes, though some of you noticed a shift in my teaching values (more embodiment, less striving), my social media presence (less, less, less), and my investments (financial contributions to fight white supremacy; HSA contributions for my biz “team members”).
All of this has been because I am determined to operate a for-profit business in our current economic system, that simultaneously repairs or disrupts the unjust impacts of capitalism. I’m not saving the world and I won’t see this economy turn on its head in my lifetime, but there are much bigger “hitters” than my biz who have the same goals, and our combined efforts accrue. With any luck, my son River may live to participate in an equitable economy; preferably one that centers sustainability, resource sharing, reparations, and the imagination.
The goal of my business is to teach an embodied, revelatory approach to the craft of writing and the writing life. That approach is built on the belief that our survival as a species is dependent upon inclusivity and creativity. Now, it is my great pleasure and honor to announce the launch of WRITEABILITY, a guild for writers, designed specifically to allocate resources, provide lasting support, and uplift and defend the imagination.
The Charter Members of this guild are 9 writers who have completed two years of Monthly Mentorship curriculum. We have embarked on our own (all new!) course curriculum that explores the creative process and how to live a sustainable writing life. Our first activity as a guild is to fund two Right to Write Awards totaling $5400. This award supports BIPOC and Veteran writers who are strong applicants to the Monthly Mentorship program, by waiving their program fees.
Going forward, 30% of all WRITEABILITY guild membership dues will address those areas where my race (white), my business (capitalist), and my industry (literary arts) have done undue harm, or perpetuate injustice. There are many ideas on the table and I realize our start is small, but after years of careful thinking from within the system that I also strive to break free from, this guild feels like a victorious step in the right direction.
WRITEABILITY is a guild for writers, but anyone can become a Supporter, including you.
If you’ve been impacted by:
- the incredible destruction of the planet (which is inherently linked to a lack of imagination and empathy–precisely those tools literature is so good at nurturing)
- the incredible destruction of human (often non-white) bodies (bodies that contained novels never written, essays never breathed, stories never given voice)
- or the incredible destruction of tribal knowledge systems and inclusive values systems (systems that hold the key to doing less harm across all areas of human activity, including the arts)
then please become a Supporter of the guild today. Your donation is a direct, dollars-to-action step to help “right the wrongs” of discrimination in literary publishing and gatekeeper syndrome in creative spaces.
The current goal* is to raise $6700 to fund the 2022-23 Right to Write Awards for one Veteran and one BIPOC writer who are strong matches for the Monthly Mentorship program.
*At this time, donations are not tax-deductible. Future fundraising goals include partnerships with lit organizations that center traditionally uncentered voices, as well as offering micro-grants that support emerging authors.
Without further ado, please soak up every bit of inspiring information about this year’s Award recipients, and “hit reply” at the end of this post where I’ve left a few provocations and queries for each of you, dear readers.
ANNOUNCING the 2021 Right to Write Award Recipients