Don't Worry, Be Scrappy: Navigating Instability in Community Writing Programs

Rooms 345-346, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Community-based writing organizations, especially those that engage marginalized writers, can provide essential consistency in lives shaken by change. How, as leaders of these organizations, do we weather our own maelstroms of insufficient funding and staff turnover without sacrificing program quality? Join a group of educators, advocates, and nonprofit administrators as we discuss the factors that can disturb consistency in a community writing program and how to combat or avoid such challenges.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Event_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: SKM_C250i23030713380.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: okun_-_white_sup_culture_2020.pdf



Mallory Hellman is director of the the Iowa Youth Writing Project, a K–12 outreach organization based at the University of Iowa. Her work focuses on empowering marginalized communities through creativity and mutual aid. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Capricorn, and a gardener.

Alyesha Wise is a writer and poet from Camden, New Jersey. Currently residing in L.A., she is the cofounder of Spoken Literature Art Movement and the director of program development for Street Poets Inc. Alyesha is also the cofounder of The Philly Pigeon and has been seen on platforms such as OWN, BET, and PBS.

Suma Karaman Rosen has nearly 30 years’ experience in corporate, nonprofit, and educational settings. She joined InsideOut Literary Arts in January 2017, and is inspired daily by the students the organization serves. She is dedicated to amplifying youth voice, from the classroom to the community.

Olivia Jones-Hall

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