Voices of New Writers
Everywhere you see this picture of the hands around a book, it means that you can see the words – thoughts, feelings, opinions, stories, poems – of new writers. Many are learners in community programs, and many are having their writing published for the first time!
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These stories by new writers talk about hard times they have had, and how they took control of their lives. Some give you ideas about what to do.
Being Nicer to Me
Every year, Bread and Roses (a group of literacy supporters in Toronto, Canada) holds a writing contest for women literacy learners. Started in celebration of International Women’s Day, the contest’s themes always deal with women’s issues. The 2008 theme was “I’m going to be nicer to me”, giving learners a chance to talk about how we can be better to ourselves while learning, and stop putting ourselves down.
Two literacy learners – from The Learning Centre and Mimico Adult Centre (TDSB) – share their ways of treating themselves better when they feel bad.
Learners from Parkdale Project Read in Toronto talk about how poverty and racism affect learning.
An Ojibway First Nations woman talks about the road she has been down. This is a difficult story of childhood violence and its impacts on her life, ending with words of encouragement from this new writer who is now 51 years old.
A writer’s group at Parkdale Project Read in Toronto did work on the topic of the importance of creative writing – and found that it was a powerful way of addressing violence in their lives.
Women from Glory House Recovery Home, Long Island, New York speak and read their writing out loud in a video documenting a literacy class where they were able to reflect on their lives.
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