Our community partnerships allow us to make connections with populations that we cannot serve directly. By working with other humanitarian nonprofits, Brink extends its publishing platform to the voices of underrepresented and diverse communities from around the world.
The Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) is a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for Afghan women to develop their voices. They provide writers with secure online workshops through which they are mentored by published women authors who help them improve their writing. The project aims to promote greater economic independence for Afghan women by strengthening their self-confidence, computer literacy, and writing skills, and by encouraging the inclusion of women’s voices in Afghanistan’s national dialogue.
Breath & Shadow is a quarterly journal covering disability culture and literature. A project of AbilityMaine, Breath & Shadow is the only online literary journal with a focus on disability. It is also unique in being the sole cross-disability literature and culture magazine written and edited entirely by people with disabilities. While some literary journals may devote one issue in a year—or ten years—to the disability experience, in every issue of Breath & Shadow you will find poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, drama, and other writing that examines the human experience of living with disability.
Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now is New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls. Girls Write Now has been distinguished twice by the White House and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as one of the nation’s top after school programs, and has received several other awards. Through one-to-one mentoring, performances, and publications, Girls Write Now cultivates girls’ voices, making it a priority to incorporate practices from the most successful mentoring programs for underserved youth.
Founded in 1991, Lambda Literary believes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of LGBTQ+ culture, and that LGBTQ+ lives are affirmed when their stories are written, published, and read. Lambda Literary was created to officially host the Lambda Literary Awards and the Lambda Book Report. In 2007, Lambda Literary founded its Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, a residency designed to offer intensive and sophisticated instruction to selected writers over a carefully designed one-week period. In early 2010, Lambda Literary funded, staffed, and launched an online presence at LambdaLiterary.org, which celebrates, supports, serves, informs, entertains, and connects the whole of the brilliantly diverse community that creates and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature.
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect freedom of expression in the United States and worldwide. Founded on the heels of the Attica Prison uprising in 1971, PEN America’s Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative, rehabilitative, and transformative possibilities of writing. It supports free expression and encourages the use of the written word as a legitimate form of power. PEN America provides hundreds of imprisoned writers across the country with free writing resources, skilled mentors, and audiences for their work. The organization strives toward an increasingly integrative approach, aiming to amplify the voices and writing of imprisoned people to beyond the silo of prison and identity of prisoner.
The Other Stories is a podcast that features new, emerging, or struggling writers. Writing is hard, and it should be; The Other Stories aims to get more authors heard. A blend of Fresh Air and The New Yorker fiction podcast, TOS is also all its own: each episode features an author reading a piece of fiction with originally scored music, followed by an interview. Find TOS on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and listen on iTunes, Stitcher or Libsyn.
Veterans Writing Project (VWP) believes that every veteran has a story. VWP provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and their adult family members. They’re also building an archive of writing by members of the military community. VWP publishes a quarterly literary review and an ongoing scroll of writing by friends on their sister site, O-Dark-Thirty.
WriteGirl, a Los Angeles-based creative writing and mentoring organization for teens, spotlights the power of a girl and her pen. Through workshops, readings, publications, and mentoring relationships with professional women writers, WriteGirl offers girls techniques and insights into poetry, songwriting, fiction, journalism and more. WriteGirl encourages girls to develop communication skills, confidence, and a positive outlook on themselves and their futures. WriteGirl was recognized by Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its success in inspiring thousands of at-risk teens to enroll in college.
Words Without Walls is a creative writing outreach program that serves Allegheny County Jail, and Sojourner House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment program for mothers and their children. Since 2009, creative writing classes have been taught by students at Chatham University who are earning their MFA in Creative Writing. By providing an atmosphere for creative growth and nurturing student work, Words Without Walls empowers students to express themselves on the page. Please visit www.wordswithoutwalls.com to learn more about our program, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dedicated to the fusion of art and advocacy, Writers Without Margins takes literature beyond conventional spaces. Their mission is to expand access to the literary arts for unheard and underserved communities in Greater Boston—including those isolated by the challenges of addiction recovery, trauma, poverty, disability, and mental illness—through free, collaborative creative writing workshops, public readings, and publication opportunities intended to empower community, build relationships, amplify the voices of individuals, and share stories with the world. Currently, Writers Without Margins provides workshops in seven locations, including homeless shelters, community health centers, youth services programs, prison reentry and recovery homes, and local libraries. The documentary In Their Shoes: Unheard Stories of Reentry and Recovery focuses on a group of men from one of these workshops.
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If you are interested in finding out more about Brink’s community partnerships and how to get your own organization involved, contact us today.