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 totalling $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.
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
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