December 8th, 2006

Giving a voice to the voiceless

Write Around Portland runs volunteer-facilitated writing workshops for people affected by HIV/AIDS, survivors of domestic violence, senior citizens in foster care, individuals recovering from addictions, people with physical and/or mental disabilities, people in prison, teenagers living on the street, low income adults and people who might otherwise not have access to the power of writing because of income, isolation or other barriers.

This project does double duty: giving people a voice and exposing groups of people who are probably not big readers to the power of words.

I read a fascinating collection of essays from one workshop group. They were all people who were about to undergo weight loss surgery because they were morbidly obese. It opened my eyes to my own knee-jerk judgments (to mix bodily metaphors).

Read an editorial about it here. For more information about Write Around Portland, click here.



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Could it get any better than this?

What do you get when you combine directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) with writer Tom Perotta (Election, Little Children)? My guess is a really, really good movie..

I love Tom Perotta (chastely) and I loved Little Miss Sunshine, so the idea of the two together leaves me breathless.

The book on which it will be based, The Abstinence Teacher, comes out this fall and is about a divorced sex ed teacher fighting with conservaties and falling in love with her daughter's born-again soccer coach.



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