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826 Seattle publishes third edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle has published the third edition of its popular “What to Read in the Rain.”

The 2013 edition will officially launch on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a free party from 1-3 p.m. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N at 1 p.m.

What to Read in the Rain can be found at bedsides in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed travelers can read poetry and fiction written by students from 826 Seattle and beloved professional authors. Highlights include Yonase Geleta’s “How to Sleep with a Triceratops in Your Room”, Chelsea Cain’s “For Your Safety” (which provides tips for surviving the dangers of Pacific Northwest travel), and Tom Robbins’ “Advice To Aspiring Writers.” It is also available from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.

826 Seattle, housed within the whimsical Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth ages six to 18. With over 400 active volunteers, 826 Seattle is committed to helping young people acquire the skills they need to write well throughout their lives. 826 Seattle helps more than 2,000 students every year and has served over 13,000 students since it opened in 2005.

The What to Read in the Rain celebration will feature Northwest-inspired snacks and readings from Chelsea Cain, Peter Mountford, Jared Leising and 826 Seattle students. It runs 1-3 pm and is a free event.

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826 Seattle receives NEA art grant

April 30th, 2012 by Doree

Writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is one of 788 non-profits around the country to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant.

826 Seattle will use the $36,000 grant to support its “Creating a Community of Young Authors” project. The NEA is giving a total of $24.81 million in art grants.

From the press release:

Research clearly shows that writing skills are imperative to success in our knowledge-based economy and that the world needs critical and creative thinkers to tackle the complex challenges we face as a planet. While schools focus their limited resources on math, science and reading, the task of engaging children to think creatively falls increasingly on the shoulders of organizations like 826 Seattle.”

“We believe that 826 Seattle’s Community of Young Authors project is an essential investment in the lives of our young people, and our community,” said 826 Seattle founder Teri Hein. “We’re proud of our efforts and of the young people, volunteers, supporters, board and staff who made it possible.”

826 Seattle is located inside its fundraising arm, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. It provides free tutoring for children ages 6 to 18.

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Couth Buzzard hosts writing group, family game night

January 20th, 2010 by Doree

The new Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. is adding meetings and entertainment in its new space.

Starting Monday, Feb. 1, they’ll be hosting a new writing group at 6 p.m.

Leader, Marilyn Stauter calls her approach “Guided Spontaneity.” For more information contact Marilyn Stauter at stauter5687@msn.com, or 206-633-5687.

And every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. is now Family Game Evening, with cards and board games.

Chess, Go, Bridge, Scrabble, Dominos and more. The Cafe will also be open for drinks and food. 206-436-2960.

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‘Wild Things’ benefit raises $47K for 826 Seattle

October 15th, 2009 by Doree

Last week’s sold-out pre-screening of “Where the Wild Things Are” raised $47,000 for Greenwood’s non-profit writing and tutoring center, 826 Seattle, Seattlest reports.

The money will be used to support 826 Seattle’s after-school tutoring, writing workshops and field trips for children ages 6-18. 826 Seattle also raises money through its storefront, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

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826 Seattle wins $25K grant from Amazon

September 11th, 2009 by Doree

Congrats to Greenwood’s own 826 Seattle, which just won a $25,000 grant from amazon.com for its youth writing programs.

The gift from Amazon.com will be used to support our programming team whose mandate is to create programs that help children in Seattle learn the essential skill of writing. These programs include after-school tutoring and evening and weekend writing workshops. To directly support our schools, the organization offers field trips where teachers are invited to bring their classes to 826 Seattle to participate in theatrical writing experiences. Additionally 826 Seattle also sends trained volunteers into the classroom to support the work of teachers, lending one-on-one help to students as they work to create their stories. A final component is publishing where students are invited as well as helped by volunteers to do the necessary work to make a story worthy of publishing. 826 Seattle publishes anthologies of student work, many of which can be purchased on Amazon.com.

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