ALABAMA WRITERS FORUM INC

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National Poetry Out Loud champion Youssef Biaz recites poetry in the AWF-Vulcan Materials tent at the Ala. Book Fest.

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Students await their honors at the Alabama High School Literary Arts Awards (HSLAA).

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Rick Bragg discusses the writer’s life at a benefit for the Forum in Fairhope.

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Jeanie Thompson and Marlin Barton accept the Innovative Government Program Award from AUM for Writing Our Stories

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Alabama Department of Youth Services and AWF Staff with Innovative Gov.t Award for the Writing our Stories partnership

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Youth find their voices through Writing Our Stories, a juvenile justice & the arts collaboration, now in its 15th year.

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Columbiana Middle School 7th graders read their own published poems in LEARNING TO FLY (2012), edited by Tony Crunk.

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In 2011 Writing Our Stories was launched in Shelby County at Columbiana Middle School for regular 7th graders.

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Sonia Sanchez speaks to students at Carver High School as part of the Alabama Book Festival Community Outreach.

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Winston Groom greets an admirer at a book event sponsored by the Forum and held at Troy University, Montgomery Campus.

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Sen. Paul Bussman presents a Senate Proclamation to Cullman High School student Rachel Vance at the 2011 HSLAA.

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George F. Landegger, Chairman, Parsons & Whittemore, presents Carolyn Haines with the 2010 Harper Lee Award.

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Birmingham native Randall Horton signs books at the 2011 Alabama Book Festival.

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Rep. Paul DeMarco congratulates students from Briarwood Christian School and their teacher Jon Carter at the 2011 HSLAA.

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Writing Our Stories is recognized at the Alabama State Capitol with a 34-panel exhibit of its 15-year history.

Help the Forum keep young Alabamians reading and writing through your membership or year end contribution!

The Alabama Writers’ Forum supports literary arts programs in Alabama. Writers who hail from our state are well known. Harper Lee, Winston Groom, Sonia Sanchez, and many others have placed Alabama firmly on the world’s literary map. The AWF keeps the literary community connected through its programs and services.

We encourage young writers to explore creative writing as an arts discipline as well as a career path. The annual High School Literary Arts Awards recognizes students and their teachers for writing excellence and promise.

We promote cultural tourism through our support of literary festivals and gatherings large and small. The annual Alabama Book Festival, held each spring in Montgomery's Old Alabama Town, is the state's premier literary gathering, attracting 4,000 people for a day of readings, book browsing, and family fun.

Writing Our Stories, a creative writing program developed for adjudicated youth, takes place year-round at the Alabama Department of Youth Services (DYS) in three programs on two DYS campuses. Young writers works are debuted in anthologies published each year as the culmination of this thriving juvenile justice and the literary arts partnership. Writing Our Stories was launched in 2011 in regular public schools through a partnership with the Shelby County Arts Council.

Writers, publishers, teachers, and others can gain information and news and share ideas through the Forum’s interactive web site: www.writersforum.org. Members of the Forum and donors receive our digital newsletter and frequent updates about literary events and services in our state and beyond.

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Areas Served: Statewide, Alabama, Jefferson County /Birmingham, Mt. Meigs, Montgomery, Fairhope, Mobile, Huntsville, Jefferson County, Shelby County, Montgomery County, Baldwin County, Madison County, Mobile County.

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ALABAMA WRITERS FORUM INC
PO BOX 4777
MONTGOMERY, AL 36103

Phone
334 265 7728

Web
http://www.writersforum.org

Email
jeaniethompson@bellsouth.net

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Help the Forum keep young Alabamians reading and writing through your membership or year end contribution!

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