Talking Writing, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the Boston area. TW's mission is to promote passionate writing and reading in the new media world through Talking Writing magazine.
All donations to TW are tax deductible.
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Make a Difference: Donate to TW
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Donating by Mail
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Talking Writing, Inc.
P.O. Box 442014
West Somerville, MA 02144
Boost TW's Impact: Angel Donors
Unlike many journals, Talking Writing is an independent nonprofit that doesn't rely on university funding to cover overhead. TW got its start with the help of several generous donors, and individual donors continue to boost our main programs.
- 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 in ugly ways. TW's advocacy of literary diversity serves a real need.
- Talking Writing is a hub for first-person journalism: personal storytelling that engages with the larger world of facts and ideas.
- Talking Writing is a professionally edited magazine at a time when such oversight has been eliminated at many other digital journals and news sites.
TW Angels join a lively community of creative readers and writers like themselves. We have a big vision for intelligent media in the digital age—and with the help of major donors, we can increase TW's impact. Consider the following funding options:
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 themes.
Sponsor a Print Edition
TW would like to publish its first print anthology in 2015. 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.
Boost TW's Impact at AWP
TW editors will be on five different panels at the 2015 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Minneapolis, including "The Politics of Empathy," "Digital Poets and Nature," and "Long vs. Short: Nonfiction Storytelling in the Digital Age." A sponsored gift of $1,500 will go toward the costs of TW's Bookfair booth, staff registrations, and an offsite "Digital Lit" reception. A gift of $2,500 will also help TW staffers with travel and lodging costs.
Boost the Impact of TW Prizes
For the past two years, we've received superlative submissions to our two annual contests. In 2015, we would like to offer bigger cash awards to the winners (currently we pay $250 to each winner). A sponsored gift of $1,000 or more would allow us to increase those awards next year.
Underwrite a TW App
Talking Writing is a Web-based digital journal that's freely available. 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.
Fund a Managing Editor or Development Director
Talking Writing is almost entirely run by volunteers. Many of its top editors are publishing professionals or writing instructors with day jobs. The magazine's reach has grown to about a quarter-million page views a year, but TW's capacity for growth is now limited by the size of its underpaid, overworked staff.
Show your belief in good editing—or the "incredible vanishing editor," as Laura Miller puts it in Salon—with a contribution earmarked for those who make Talking Writing such an innovative journal. A sponsored gift of $5,000 would go a long way toward funding either a part-time managing editor or development director.
Sponsor Intelligent Media
TW's impact could extend to teaching online journalism classes for adults, working in public after-school programs with promising teenage writers, running end-of-life storytelling workshops at Boston-area hospices—and many other events that encourage diverse writing communities. Sponsored gifts of varying amounts could help launch new TW programs.
If you sponsor an issue or a print edition, you'll be acknowledged on the Table of Contents for that issue or the title page of the book (unless you wish to remain anonymous). Other angel donors will be featured on the TW Donate or Contest pages—and thanked profusely. Rest assured, you make a difference.
For all questions about sponsorships or becoming a TW Angel, please contact Martha Nichols at editor[at]talkingwriting.com.
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