Rediscover the Powers of Reading and Writing
It can be said without argument that there isn’t enough reading and writing out there. Many blame television, while others blame social media and mobile technology. Whether or not either of these things can be blamed – they can also be looked upon as contributions to the power of reading and writing.
There’s talk shows that promote what they feel might be a good read for their audiences. At other times, television can be so awful these days that you might be otherwise inclined to pick up a good book and read. Social media provides a voice to the voiceless – you might just want to get on a soapbox and discuss how that show Toddlers and Tiaras really grinds your gears, or even provide your own political commentary. Mobile technology makes novels, news, magazines and other publications accessible while on the go.
Reading can free the mind and encourage thought and imagination. It can also expand your vocabulary. Writing is great way to express yourself creatively –only your imagination is the limit on the words you apply to paper. It’s also a great way to put that expanded vocabulary to great use.
The point that I hope we’re trying to get across from this story is that we need more creativity out there – we need more writers and we need more readers.
Meet Katy Chatel.
She is a word junky.
Katy has developed the Word Junkies Workshops. It is designed to create connections amongst writers in the community. The workshop will consist of her and other writers. Together, they hope to inspire curiosity and create understanding about all of our life experiences – but also what came before us.
Bryan: What is your target age group for the Word Junkies Workshops?
Katy: It’s a creative writing workshop that is for both youths and adults.
Bryan: So you’re hoping to encourage more reading as well as writing?Continued on the next page