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(cross posted in single mothers)
I'm creating a writing workshop for single mothers. I'll make a publication of their work at the end. I am a writer, and direct a community-oriented publishing company.
I'm a single mom myself, and I'm part of a growing art organization in my town. Here's the class description
"Kids and babies are welcome. This is an ongoing drop-in group workshop focused on our experiences but also can be any writing at all. What letters do you wish you had time to write the governor? To the food stamps office? To WIC? What story do you have to tell? This is a chance to use writing, collage, journal excerpts, etc., with a goal of remaining pro-active and positive while still honest and creative. Publication planned."
I am seeking sponsorship and funding for it, so that these women don't have to pay. I need to know what kind of class structure will be the most appealing and beneficial to the women but also as a community project. does the above sound like something you would want to do? I'm setting it up so it's a drop-in type of thing, so the women don't have to worry about missing a class. Its a weekly thing that goes several weeks, on Saturday.
But, I was wondering if it might be better to do one full-day workshop with food and, and a sponsored art activity, snacks, and distraction for the kids. We have two largish rooms situated right next to each other and I would make it so that flowing in and out of the room is absolutely OK.
Any other feedback? Any ideas on organizations that would help fund this project?
PS, as a side-note, I am focusing on single mothers right now because I think they are in the most need of supportive art services, but i hope to later branch out and just have a moms-and-kids writing circle of some kind. and even Dads too.. Just so you know I am not being exclusionary to non-single mothers. I'm kind of using this as a pilot to devlop other programming. Also, i am hoping to reach out to teen single moms because they have doubly-underrepresented voices, being teens and single moms at the same time!
Thanks in advance!