Good writing is the key to many things in one’s life and career – and for many it can become their life and their career. We geeks are literary types, so why not pass on the skills to others?
If you’re a geek, you’re probably a reader. However, I’d give it a pretty good chance that you do at least some writing as a geek, and a very good chance that someone in your sphere of geeky friends is a writer of some kind, if semi-professionally. In turn almost all of us depend on some writing skills in our lives and careers – or would have better lives and careers with writing skills.
A lot of us writing and trying to write. A good way to be a civic geek? Share that writing ability with people.
- First, we can share it among ourselves, people teaching each other and editing. Wether it’s publishing that RPG, writing that novel, or documenting that bit of history we can train or be trained in our own geeky communities.
- We can also rally our writing-inclined fellows to teach in the larger community. There’s doubtlessly local writing programs that, along with literacy programs, help improve people’s skills. I’m sure any of them would welcome a larger group of participants.
There’s also many, many ways to help improve people’s writing skills.
- Training. Experienced people can teach writing in classes, panels, seminars, online feedback, as part of formal education, and more.
- Critique. Nothing like helping people get better at writing. But why not formalize it, from having regular reviews among your club or group to having triage or portfolio reviews at conventions.
- Writing jams. Regular times to sit down, socialize, and write are great for writers.
- Bringing in the pros. Maybe your local group of writers isn’t as professional as some – but you doubtlessly know people who can help you and others improve with seminars, speaking, and volunteering.
- Programs. As noted there’s plenty of literacy and writing programs out there – just a few are below – so go support them!
- Donations. No time to teach, rally, or otherwise do hands-on-help? Or maybe you just want to raise money for a good cause? Try rallying donations for good causes for writers and writing skills.
Plenty of options. Which are you going to try?
- Alaska Literacy Program – An Alaska-based literacy charity with an emphasis on training and certifying teachers and tutors to impart reading, writing, and speaking skills.
- Girls Write Now – Supports future female writers with mentoring, advice, and more.
- Mighty Writers – A Philadelphia organization that supports writing and literacy by providing free classes and teaching.
- NaNoWriMo – Everyone knows National Novel Writing Month, but they’re an organization that relies on organizers, donations, and more – and that’s your chance to get involved!
- Wonder Writers – A charity that promotes writing and writing skills for young people from grades K-12.