Writing Workshop Needs Volunteers, Students, Parents

Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone is a writer. The Palmetto Literacy Council and Community Pen, an initiative made possible by the South Carolina Arts Commission and The Athenaeum Press, are partnering for a writing workshop, “In Your Words,” on April 27, 2024, from 9-11 AM at the Chapin Memorial Library, 400 N. 14th Ave. in Myrtle Beach. (Google Map)

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Write and share your story with the Palmetto Literacy Council and Communal Pen. Palmetto Literacy Council’s tutors, parents, and students are invited to this fun-filled workshop to write, share, and give affirmation to one another in this story-telling journey. 

Writing (or drawing if that’s what you’re comfortable with) will be done in short 3–5-minute segments on the potential of one person to change a life or community, then share those stories with the workshop’s safe, supportive group.

It’s no accident that the workshop is being held at the end of National Volunteer Week – and that’s what need from all of you – to volunteer the effort to offer encouragement and share the love and importance of literacy. You have a voice and the opportunity to showcase your diverse and dynamic stories of South Carolina – in your own words.

“This workshop is so important for those who want to share their stories. It doesn’t matter if you write just a few lines. Your grammar doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you draw your story. What’s important is to share that story, to use your voice in whatever way that works for you,” said Dr. Dodi Hodges, executive director of the Palmetto Literacy Council.

“Of the multiple organizations and initiatives that have collaborated with Communal Pen, The Palmetto Literacy Council is one of the most special,” said Athenaeum Press director Alli Crandall. “The Palmetto Literacy Council does such transformative work in helping members of our community read and write,” said Crandall. “We are honored to be a part of sharing the stories of volunteers and students, which really cut across all communities that call the Grand Strand home.

“It’s amazing how creative you can get when you stop caring about grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Some people just write a series of words, some people draw, but everyone will leave the workshop transformed,” said Crandall.

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