Neighborhood Writing Alliance

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The Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) provokes dialogue, builds community, and promotes change by creating opportunities for adults in Chicago's underserved neighborhoods to write, publish, and perform works about their lives. NWA hosts free writing workshops for adults in libraries and social service agencies during which participants tell their stories and make connections between their own histories and the experiences of others. Selected writing from the workshops is published quarterly in the Journal of Ordinary Thought (JOT), which was founded on the proposition that Every Person Is a Philosopher and strives to be a vehicle for reflection, communication, and change. NWA further amplifies the voices and stories from Chicago’s neighborhoods through public readings, local theatrical performances, its Ever Person Is a Philosopher Blog, and media coverage.

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