Talking Writing, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the Boston area. All donations to TW are tax deductible.
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Become a TW Sponsor
Unlike many journals, Talking Writing is an independent nonprofit that doesn't rely on university funding to cover overhead. Subscriptions are free. TW got its start with the help of several major donors, and individual donations keep it publishing.
As sponsors of literary work and good journalism online, major donors play a big role in promoting TW's nonprofit mission and in launching new programs. On this page, you'll find many enjoyable ways to sponsor activities and become involved with TW.
TW's main program is Talking Writing magazine, which serves as the educational and community-building base for its nonproft mission:
- Digital Standards—TW is a a strong advocate for ethical digital publishing standards. Talking Writing is a professionally edited magazine at a time when such oversight has weakened or no longer exists at many other digital journals and news sites.
- Literary Community—TW connects English-speaking writers and readers from around the world, encouraging the kind of civilized debate that's sorely lacking in digital media.
- Diversity—Talking Writing is a safe space for writers interested in social justice issues. Female journalists, writers of color, and LGBT authors are routinely harassed online. TW's advocacy of literary diversity serves a real need.
- Mentorship—Talking Writing offers editorial internships to a new generation of publishing professionals, especially to those from nontraditional backgrounds.
- First-Person Journalism—TW is a hub for first-person journalism: personal storytelling that engages with the larger world of facts and ideas.
Sponsorships: Join the TW Community
Major donors are ambassadors for the community of writers, readers, and thinkers we're building through Talking Writing magazine. We believe talking about writing is talking about life—and our sponsors get a chance to spark the conversation.
Sponsor a Print Edition
TW would like to publish its first print anthology in 2016. We've received many requests from authors and readers to do so, and a sponsored gift of $2,500 will help underwrite the basic production and printing costs. Sponsors will be credited by name in the print edition.
Sponsor an Issue
Talking Writing publishes four issues a year. A sponsored gift of $5,000 will cover TW's production and administrative costs for one issue and help stabilize our annual budget. See TW's Editorial Calendar for upcoming issue themes. Sponsors will be credited by name on the Table of Contents page for that issue.
Sponsor a Publishing Internship
Mentoring aspiring editors and publishers helps ensure professionalism in digital media. TW works with interns from several Boston-area colleges, but we want to extend our outreach to minority applicants of all kinds who don't have access to elite publishing circles. Sponsored gifts starting at $1,000 will allow TW to take on more interns. Sponsors that give $5,000 or more can specify the internship type (such as editorial, development, or journalism) and have it named for them. Most important, they will enable TW to pay that intern a modest stipend.
Boost the Impact of TW Prizes
TW's annual contests allow us to focus on unusual genres and topics, such as flash nonfiction or advice writing. In 2016, we'd like to offer two prizes with bigger cash awards to the winners (in 2015, we're holding one contest with an award of $1,000). A sponsored gift of $1,000 or more would allow us to add a second or third prize next year. Sponsors will be credited on the TW Contests page and can designate the genre or writing topic of that prize.
Underwrite a TW App
Talking Writing is a Web-based digital journal. However, given the shift to reading on tablets and other mobile devices, we've known for years that we also need an app version of the magazine. A sponsored gift of $6,000 would cover the basic annual costs of producing a TW app. All sponsors will be credited by name.
Sponsor a TW Podcast
After five years of publishing, TW has a wealth of writing in its archives. We'd like to create podcasts of TW's best material, bringing new audiences to spoken-word versions of work by TW authors. A sponsored gift of $1,000 would cover the basic costs of producing the first TW podcast. All sponsors will be credited by name.
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Sponsorships and Major Donations
Please contact TW to earmark major donations for a specific program or sponsorship. Direct all questions to TW editor Martha Nichols. Alternatively, you can complete the TW Donation form and mail it to us, as instructed below.
Donating by Mail
If you'd prefer to mail us a check, click this link for TW's Donation Form. For major donations, you can designate what you'd like to sponsor on this form. Send the completed donation form and your check to this address:
Talking Writing, Inc.
P.O. Box 442014
West Somerville, MA 02144
All contributions to TW are deeply appreciated.
Some critics have said I'm a natural writer. Well, that's like being a natural open-heart surgeon.
—Maya Angelou, from a 2002 interview
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
—Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World