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Why I Write Vol. 13: Simply the Vessel to Speak the Truth

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day. In this edition, Vilissa Thompson talks about writing as advocacy work.

 

I write for the Black disabled girls and women who wished that someone would be their voice. That is what drove me into disability advocacy.

Being Black, disabled, and female has shaped every aspect of my life from the moment I came out of the womb

November 16, 2016 | GrubWrites

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Why I Write Vol. 7: I Have a Story to Tell

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day. In this edition, YAWP student Zach Sclar shares twelve of the reasons why he writes.

 

  1. Because I can’t read 24/7.
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  3. Because my dog can only play fetch and Frisbee for so long.
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  5. Because I can’t spend my life on social media.
October 18, 2016 | GrubWrites

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Why I Write Vol. 6: Because My Stories Are Larger than My Skin Color

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day. In this edition, Rashmi Tiwari writes in spite of expectations.

 

Because growing up in the white suburbs of Denver, there were no picture or chapter books in my elementary school library that described the life of an Indian-American girl like me.

October 13, 2016 | GrubWrites

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Why I Write Vol. 5: No One Is Entitled to My Story

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day. In this edition, Grace Lapointe describes the power of taking back her own story.

 

Growing up with cerebral palsy, I felt like I had a type of dual citizenship that allowed me to relate to people with or without disabilities. At physical therapy and doctors’ visits, I met other children with disabilities

October 11, 2016 | GrubWrites

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Why I Write Vol. 4: The Right to Take Up Space

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day. In this edition, instructor Judah Leblang talks about reclaiming his past through writing. Judah will be teaching Jumpstart Your Nonfiction this fall.

 

I jokingly tell my students, if and when they ask me about my writing practice, that I write under two conditions: when I have a firm (non-negotiable) deadline, and when the pain of not writing surpasses the pain of doing so. In other words, in my fifteen years of writing professionally, I’ve discovered that ...

September 2, 2016 | Judah Leblang

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