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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 18th year.

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Columbiana Middle School 7th graders read their own published poems in LEARNING TO FLY, 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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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 Alabama Book Festival.

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Writing Our Stories is recognized at the Alabama State Capitol with a 34-panel exhibit of its 20-year history.

Help us use the literary arts to keep at-risk youth out of the system and to build a new generation of young writers.

Two programs of the Alabama Writers’ Forum are making the world a better place, one young life at a time. We’ve proven we make a difference in the world over our 20-year history. The Forum supports literary arts programs in Alabama and needs your help supporting two of these proven programs that impact young people. Harper Lee, Winston Groom, Sonia Sanchez, and many other writers have placed Alabama firmly on the world’s literary map. The AWF keeps the literary community connected through its programs and services, but we need to raise $150,000 to continue through 2015 with these model programs that are proven among the best in the nation. Right now, we are entering Phase I to raise $50,000 by December 1, 2014.

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. We hire award-winning teaching writers to instruct these young people in creative writing craft. Young writers' works are then published in anthologies each year as the culmination of this thriving juvenile justice and the literary arts partnership. Writing Our Stories was launched in 2011 in traditional public schools through a partnership with the Shelby County Arts Council. There is nothing like this great program that can become a model nationwide to help these students learn to communicate, to place value on their own lives, and to become productive in society. Writing Our Stories can save lives and make our world better. It works. We are doing it now.

We also encourage all students to explore creative writing as an arts discipline as well as a career path in high schools across the state. The annual High School Literary Arts Awards recognizes students and their teachers for writing excellence and promise.

Join us today with your donation to make these programs thrive. We also serve writers, publishers, teachers, and others with information, news and ideas through the Forum’s interactive web site: Donors to the Forum 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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Help us use the literary arts to keep at-risk youth out of the system and to build a new generation of young writers.

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