The 2013 Indianapolis Week On Writing Starts Today

Here’s the thing: we believe writing and literary– the making and sharing of meaning– is essential to individual empowerment, civic engagement and community development. That’s why we started CityWrite and helped coordinate an Indianapolis-wide invitation to participate in the National Day on Writing. October 14-20 is the Indianapolis Week on Writing.

We’ve made it easy to create and share your written story. You can attend one of many public CityWrite sessions or submit your writing online. If either of those don’t suite you, feel free to participate in your own way how ever you like. Write your story down and encourage others to do the same.

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A (Mostly) Complete List of 2013 CityWrite Sites

Hey all– look who’s participating in the 2013 CityWrite:
(we’re adding a few more and firming up times)

Big Car Service Center (AT GARFIELD PARK)

Indiana Writers Center

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

RecycleForce

Outside the Box

Thirsty Scholar

Indiana Youth Group

Sycamore School

Harrison Center for the Arts

The Grrrls’ Story Project

Indy Moms Group

IFAST

Independence Academy

Noble of Indiana

Englewood Christian Church

Wheeler Mission Women & Children’s Shelter

Wheeler Mission Men’s Shelter

Boner Center– Senior Citizens Group

Project Libertas

IPS School 51/ Edna Martin Christian Center

IPS School 69 / Edna Martin Christian Center

IPS School 48 / Edna Martin Christian Center

Edna Martin Christian Center Senior Group

University of Indianapolis

Chase Legacy Center (Arsenal Tech)

Indianapolis Black Firefighters Association

Central Library

Fountain Square Library

Glendale Branch

IndyReads

Exodus Refugee Immigration

VSA Indiana

Concord Neighborhood Center

KI EcoCenter

Indianapolis Dept. of Metropolitan Development

Marian University, Literary Arts Society

Marian University, Peace & Justice Studies

 

 

Everyone Who Writes Gets a Sticker

CityWrite_Sticker

 

Last year, Alissa Adams, a CityWrite volunteer, suggested we create stickers to hand out to people after they participated in a CityWrite session. It sounded like a great idea then and now, so we’re happy to put her suggestion to practice. This year, after the scores of participants in schools, libraries, shelters, pubs, community organizations and government offices write a story with CityWrite, they’ll leave with a visible proclamation of their participation.

CityWrite Week Now Official “Indianapolis Week on Writing”

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has proclaimed that October 14-20, the week of CityWrite, is now officially the “Indianapolis Week on Writing”!

 

“WHEREAS, writing is a fundamental ability essential to meaningful learning, individual empowerment, civic engagement, and community participation; and,

WHEREAS, shared written reflections and experiences associated with Indianapolis communities deepen the vibrancy and vitality of community and personal identity; and,

WHEREAS, the Indianapolis literacy organizations Indiana Writers Center, Marian University Writing Center, Hoosier Writing Project,  and the Indianapolis Public Library support the advent of CityWrite to encourage, foster and collect written reflections and experiences; and,

WHEREAS, CityWrite will host writing sites across Indianapolis between the days of October 14, 2013, through October 20, 2013,to celebrate the National Writing Project’s National Day on Writing, and encourage individuals and families to explore and document experiences through writing; and,

WHEREAS, CityWrite will demonstrate Indianapolis’ unique participation in the National Day on Writing;

 

NOW, THEREFORE I, GREGORY A. BALLARD, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013, THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013, TO BE:

THE INDIANAPOLIS WEEK ON WRITING

In the City of Indianapolis, and I ask all citizens to join me in this observation.”

2012 CityWrite is in the Bag!

Thanks to everyone who came out to participate in CityWrite.  We’re tallying the current number of people who participated across Indianapolis to celebrate the Indianapolis Day on Writing, but our volunteers and site facilitators collected hundreds of written memoirs and personal narratives.

We’re currently working on archiving each writing.  Stay tuned.