UBCO creative writing students seeking life stories

A group of eight UBC Okanagan creative writing students are working on a series of promotional and creative activities for Project Literacy Kelowna Society.

  • Mar. 19, 2011 11:00 a.m.

A group of eight UBC Okanagan creative writing students are working on a series of promotional and creative activities for Project Literacy Kelowna Society.

The students are collaborating with computer science professor Patricia Lasserre’s students to create content for a new web site.

In addition to a short history of Project Literacy Kelowna, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the project involves setting up a traveling road show to collect “literacy narratives.”

“Literacy narratives are stories about what you remember about learning to read, or how you helped someone else learn to read, or what literacy means to you,” said Nancy Holmes, the creative writing professor whose students are taking on this challenge.

“They are usually wonderful stories.”

The students are collecting these stories at a variety of venues such as the downtown Kelowna library and specifically on March 25 at the Kelowna Community Theatre during the annual Word Ruckus event.

They are particularly interested in hearing stories from folks 19 years or older, and who have experience working or being tutored at Project Literacy, although there is no limit to who can contribute.

“This is a great time to be raising awareness about Project Literacy Kelowna,” said creative writing student Lee Hannigan.

“They have had their funding drastically cut by the provincial government’s community gaming grants, but a local donor, MacKay LLP Chartered Accountants, is matching all donations made before May 31, up to $10,000. We want to help out.”

Project Literacy Kelowna Society, founded in 1986, was the first independent community-based literacy organization to be chartered in British Columbia.

For more information about how your story can inspire many, the students welcome emails at literacynarrativesok@gmail.com. This project is supported by UBC’s Learning Exchange program.

To learn more, contact Nancy Holmes at 250-807-9369; email nancy.holmes@ubc.ca.

 

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