to save the world. Join me?
The purpose of this site has always been to encourage those who leave their shoes and guns at the door to enter, share their stories, become better writers, and, most importantly, become better connected to themselves, our writer’s community, and the world.
Several years ago I had the pleasure of teaching novel writing to a class of middle schoolers on a grant form Pen in the Classroom, and I learned of their mission. Pen International is a political organization that provides legal and monetary support to those around the world incarcerated for writing their political beliefs, clearly at great risk to themselves.
Of course, I always encourage (as do you, I think) the giving of books as Christmas presents. This year, I propose something else: Why not give gift memberships to Pen USA? Fees range from 25 to 200 per year, and I gave myself the gift for professional membership today for $79.
As a member who supports writers and free speech and as a recipient of their newsletters, you will become acutely aware of how the written word is feared around the world; it is the terrible swift sword of power and beauty and liberation.
I look forward to retaining you all as my friends and fellow writers this coming year, and to expanding the scope of what A Word with You Press has to offer you…but first, let me offer you absolutely the best wishes for your favorite holiday, and an ausgezeichnet New Year. Thank you all for adding so much to my life…
On behalf of Morgan, Tiffany, the Satikushes and myself,
Merry/Happy _________________!(fill in the blanks with your favorite)