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Kim Keeline, Communications Director of San Diego Writers, Ink, sent the following press release concerning SDWI’s fundraising effort, Blazing Laptops Write-a-thon. Consider taking part or pledging financial support for another writer-participant. Details follow.

Annual “Blazing Laptops” write-a-thon raises funds to launch writing careers

WHAT:                   San Diego Writers, Ink Blazing Laptops Write-a-thon

WHEN:                   Sunday May 22 – 9am to 4pm

WHERE:                San Diego Writers, Ink in the ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, Barracks 16, Upstairs, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego

WHY:                       Funding for writing classes and workshops accessible to people of all incomes

One Book, One San Diego winner Zohreh Ghahremani, author of  RED SKY FULL OF POPPIES knows how important it is to have a literary hub that offers classes, workshops, and reading crititque groups. So do Marivi Soliven and Jill G. Hall, authors of THE MANGO BRIDE and THE BLACK VELVET COAT. The best-sellers are all actively engaged with San Diego Writers, Ink and credit the organization, in part, with their literary success. But a room of their own needs funding, so each year members of San Diego Writers, Ink gather for the organization’s annual fundraiser, Blazing Laptops, a  write-a-thon where people can work quietly on their projects, or participate in writing exercises and talks. Supporters pledge money to support individual writers or teams of writers. This year’s goal: $14,000.

The 550-member organization serves seasoned authors and aspiring writers by offering dozens of classes and workshops, reading critique groups, brown bag events, and drop-in gatherings that focus on skills, such as: unlocking writer’s block, narrative non-fiction, and writing to visual prompts. San Diego Writers, Ink also provides publishing opportunities through its annual anthology, A Year in Ink.

The need for San Diego Writers, Ink is great. In just a few years, the organization has offered three times as many programs overall with monthly classes growing from 4 to 25, reading critiques going from 3 to 11, and drop-in writing groups increasing from 3 to 5.  They offer scholarships for writers for financial need and give talks and free writing prompt groups throughout San Diego.  “The organization has grown tremendously in the last three years. The annual fundraiser helps ensure we stay ‘the’ writing hub in San Diego. Plus, it’s a lot of fun,” explains Executive Director Kristen Fogle.

This literary community is unique and not available in many other cities—but funding classes and events and keeping rates low is difficult without an annual event such as this—so this event helps writers throughout the year. Writers who raise $150 or more participate in an all day marathon and make progress on their writing—something that deserves support. Finally, the group is a non-profit so it’s a great reason for a tax break.

Some of the participating writers also offer incentives to those who donate to them.  One writer last year promised to sing karaoke in public with the largest donor choosing the song to be performed.  The Karaoke event, scheduled for May 6, brought a lot of attention to the campaign—and was a blast.  Other writers do thank you notes or take writing prompt suggestions from donors.  Blazing Laptops brings out the creativity in local writers!

For more information go to www.sandiegowriters.org

Kim Keeline
Membership and Communications Director