Update: My Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon Sponsorships

Dzanc Books, one of my favorite literary organizations, is having a Write-a-Thon tomorrow, November 15th, to raise funds for their projects and programs.  My favorite of these is their fellowship program which combines a literary fellowship with a requirement for a year-long community service project.  They also publish authors that may not find success in the mainstream publishing companies, and they provide assistance and support to literary journals, both online and in print.  As of today, I’ve gathered $200 in flat-rate sponsorships.  It is also possible to pledge per-word or per-page.  My goal for the day tomorrow is 2,000 words or approx. 8 pages.  I am offering to send a .pdf of the results of my labors to any of my sponsors that so desire it if they send an email to me (larina_blog@theexternalist.com).

Help Me Help Dzanc Books!

Alas, a respite from politics just when I need it most.  Dzanc Books is one of my favorite literary nonprofits.  This organization goes to great lengths to help writers, literary journals (print and online), and the broader community through their educational outreach efforts.  I’m especially excited about their Fellowship program in which the winner receives $5,000 to work on 1) a piece of literary fiction and 2) a year-long community service project related to writing.  As editor of The Externalist, this is an exciting prospect to me–literary activism at work!  As the economy has declined, so too has the ability of nonprofits to raise funds in traditional ways (major campaigns, large donations, and particularly grant writing which has become highly competitive with increased needs nationwide).  Dzanc Books has decided to host an innovative fundraising project–a Write-a-Thon–and I’ve decided to participate.  What is a Write-a-Thon and why should we be excited about it? 

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