The truth? I wasn’t crazy about kids.
Teenagers were daunting. Youngsters were alien. And I had no maternal instinct. But that was before I became immersed and attached to the children in the Seashore Family Literacy writing programs. Now I can’t stop thinking about the stories taking shape, the poems that sing, and the earnest efforts of youngsters with hearts wide and willing.
In each of the writing groups we talk about the importance of being wide awake to the world, and to the power of words — to soothe and heal, to hearten and encourage, to open doors and close wounds. Combining the physical act of writing with the mental and emotional experience of imagination can produce profound results. At Seashore, writing is not just a skill but a powerful vehicle for change.
I’ve been a part of Seashore Family Literacy for nearly six years and I’ve seen change, both in the students and myself. Within this brood of spirited youngsters, plucky tweens, sullen teens and loving volunteers, I have found my place — along with an unexpected tenderness for our young writers.
— Drew Myron
from the Introduction to Find Your Place: Poetry & Prose from Seashore Family Literacy, Volume 4
Tonight is the Book Launch Party for Find Your Place, the annual anthology from Seashore Family Literacy. Students will share their words and sign books. Please join the celebration and help us encourage young writers!
Can't make it to the party? You can still purchase books. Only $12 — and all proceeds benefit the Seashore Writing Programs. You can buy now, or send a check to Seashore Family Literacy, PO Box 266, Waldport Oregon 97394. Thanks for your support!