"The Writer's Garret delivers more 'bang for the buck' than any arts organization we know."
Actual quote made to our board from an independent outside auditor
(who specializes in nonprofits)
#1 Considerable IMPACT
Since our founding we have put over 1000 writers and their works in touch with over 1.75 MILLION readers, audience members, educators, young people, and their families. One educator told us, "You actually put nutrition in your creative programming!"
#2 Many STORIES to TELL
Did you hear the one about about the lovely young Latina attending Woodrow Wilson High School who became the first in her family to attend college because our after-school program inspired her to want to become a writer?
How about the one where a 2nd grader recited all his poems aloud because he didn't know how to read or write? Two of our instructors stayed FOR FREE after school to tutor him. His friends then came out of the woodwork and also asked for out help once they saw how much he was learning.
Or what about these amazing young people living under Child Protective Services who recited their stories and poems under false aliases, because they wanted others to hear and understand their lives (click here to listen to these amazing voices).
These are just a few of our stories.
Do you have all day? All week?
#3 INTEGRITY with Honors
As supporters of LITERATURE (with a capital "L"), we are supporters of TRUTH. Our financials, programs, on-line presence, mission, and goals are open for the world to see. In our nearly 16 years of working with an outside independent auditor, we are consistently lauded for being so "clean."
We've also received 18 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) --nearly one for every year of our existence. Who else can make that claim?
The caliber of our respected partners over the years--KERA, BIG THOUGHT, SMU, Baskerville Press, UTD, Arts & Letters Live, Cancer Support Community, Mesquite Arts Council, PEN, and many others--prove our commitment to an ethical arts community.
#4 IMPORTANT Work
Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz declared that literature is as important as the water we drink and the bread we eat--which may also be why we tend to take it for granted.
So, try these factoids on for size:
- Poor reading, writing, and communication skills have been the #1 expense for businesses in the U.S. for more than 10 years, costing the U.S. business sector BILLIONS each year; they've also been cited as the #1 cause for the drop out epidemic. If you can't read or write, you can't even understand directions for math.
- People with serious health issues, including cancer, have shown significant improvements in clinical studies where creative writing has been used in treatment.
- Across the board, people who read and write regularly, and skillfully, are more involved in civic projects, volunteerism, and philanthropy, and are more economically successful.
- The Writer's Garret's educational programs produce "statistically significant" increases in grades and test scores as per a study conducted by Shane Hall, Ph.D., an evaluator for DISD.
- A 2012 Emory College neurological study proved that literature mimics "real life" experiences, physiologically improving readers' minds, empathetic responses, and attitudes.
- And there's SO much more...!
Economy. Education. Health. Human services.
We do it all.
#5 SUPPORT of TEXAS Letters & Art
Since our inception in 1994, The Writer's Garret has leveraged more than $1,000,000 in direct support to writers and their books. Our former literary magazine (in partnership with the Today Foundation), TEX
, had the largest circulation in the U.S., spreading Texas writing and visual art to over a million readers in three states.
We now own an award-winning press, Firewheel Editions, and sponsor Deep Vellum Publishing, continuing to "get the word out."
We've also trained, promoted, and worked closely with numerous Texas writers who have gone on to cinch book deals (James Halperin, Cristina Henriquez, Drema Berkheimer, Bernestine Singley, Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, Susannah Charleson, Julianne McCullagh, Charles Kesler, Michael Grabell, Patricia Falvey, Dallie Clark, Renee Rossi--just to name a few).
#6 COMMUNITY-Based QUALITY
We are ALL about building a literary and literate community, whether in our neighborhoods, on-line, on the radio, inside libraries or classrooms, or through community forums.
Our programs rival the quality of more moneyed universities, having brought to Texas audiences Umberto Eco, Alice Walker, Junot Diaz, Barbara Kingsolver,
Scott Turow, Maxine Hong Kingston, Galway Kinnell, Julia Alvarez (three times),
and MANY others.
#7 PIONEERING Field Leader
In 1992, the Texas Commission on the Arts famously said, "Literature stops in Austin." Two years later, The Writer's Garret was born! Here we are in 2013, and the literary arts are flourishing.
It is now time to reinvent ourselves and again move ahead of the pack. We're assisting with local publishing, serving as a fiscal sponsor to literary initiatives, and transforming outreach by effectively using changing technologies to spread the word to the greatest number of people.
PLEASE HELP US MAKE YOUR HARD-EARNED DOLLAR GO FAR. GET UP AND GIVE TO THE WRITER'S GARRET THROUGH NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY--RIGHT HERE, THIS THURSDAY FROM 6 a.m. - MIDNIGHT.
5 easy steps to donate:
1. Wake up Thursday, September 18th
2. Log on to your computer between 6 a.m. and midnight
3. Click this link (or any of the green Donate buttons above)
4. Make a donation of at least $25 (NOTE: Garret memberships are only $45, good for a full year, and 100% tax-deductible as per our audit firm.)
5. Feel EXCELLENT about yourself! You DID GOOD!!!!
THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH!