In each classroom, Renee uses her book about bullying, “Awakening of Sharon”, to teach children how to write about their own “superpowers”, like kindness, compassion, independence.
After this year working with Wordstock, these 3 teachers will be able to use what they have learned to teach generations of young writers, year after year.
5. “The thing about Oprah is if she calls you, you know it’s her.”
4. “Literature strives to illuminate what it means to be human. To force us to not just ask ourselves who are we, but who are we really?”
3. “Books belong to us… the book has a different meaning depending on whose hands it’s in.”
2. “You expressed something that I know to be true. And sometimes that writer expressed it before you could even say to yourself that it was true. That’s the power of literature. That is a gift.”
1. “No one said to me ‘you should be a writer’ except for my teachers…for the teachers who gave me that along the way, it was everything.”
If you’ve been following Wordstock for some time, you may have noticed this root belief. Every one is a writer.
Together, we create and chronicle the history of our time. Recession, race and place, equality, family, gun rights, raw food, figuring out how you navigate this digital driven world of ours… some of it defines our experience, but only you can tell your story.
The Oregon Historical Society wants you to write it down. Journal it. Heck, scribble it on a cocktail napkin. Commit your thoughts to physical form, submit it to OHS, and your words will become a part of the Oregon Historical Society Library. Your words will be Oregon’s history. And here’s the kicker…you could win $1,000!
To coincide with this year’s 2013 Wordstock Festival, the Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library is sponsoring a contest for the best diary or journal kept between October 1, 2012 and September 1, 2013. Don’t have or a journal currently? You can start at anytime! All works submitted (which follow the contest rules) will become part of the library’s collections and will be made available to researchers. Winning entries will receive a $1,000 cash prize in the adult category (18+) and $500 in the junior category (17 & younger). Winners will also be invited to read excerpts from their writing at the Oregon Historical Society in October of 2013.
For more details and entry forms, please visit www.ohs.org/research/library/diary-contest.cfm, or call 503-306-5240.
Part of Wordstock’s mission is to use the power of the written word to effect positive change in people’s lives. Access to the internet means access to a veritable ocean of words, learning and empowerment.
That is why we’re so excited about the work our community partner, Comcast, is doing to close the digital divide and provide internet service to low-income families.
Comcast is working to help close the digital divide through its pioneering program, Internet Essentials. The hope is, this initiative will serve as a national model for expanding broadband adoption in underserved areas.
Internet Essentials offers families with one or more children receiving free school lunches high-speed internet service for the reduced price of just $9.95 a month plus tax. In addition, they have the option to purchase a computer for just $149.99 plus tax at the time of enrollment. To help families make the most of this service, Comcast offers free digital literacy training–in print, online and in person.
For more information on this exciting new program, visit InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-8-INTERNET
This month, Wordstock welcomes new board member, author and Associate Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College, Pauls Toutonghi. What don’t you know about the author of Evel Knievel Days?