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We ask local communities of writers to organize themselves using our Writers Resist framework (described below.) This framework deliberately leaves room for local groups to address issues of their choosing consistent with our shared goals. We invite local groups to title their event accordingly by filling in the blank: Writers Resist: ________.
To ensure our most widespread and effective impact, the theme your choose should be reflected in the setting and tone of the events, with writers reading their own works as appropriate, but particularly highlighting relevant readings from a selection of diverse writers’ voices throughout history that speak to the ideals of democracy.
Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward, individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we “resist” is that which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles of freedom and justice for all.
We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting “anti” language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.
We believe these events will coalesce and energize a widespread network of writer-activists throughout the United States and in other countries capable of becoming a consistently potent voice and force for social good around the world, and we are pleased to be collaborating with numerous sponsors on this effort, including Pen America, an organization that champions freedom of expression, and the power of language to transform the world.
This website will serve as a place where people can locate Writers Resist events in their local areas, as well as follow the successes of literary figures worldwide. It will also allow event organizers to communicate the details of their event, and connect with other people who might want to get involved with event planning. While we would love a huge representation of events nationally and internationally, we hope you will consider whether joining efforts or having separate events will be most useful in your area.
Please think ahead about how you’ll highlight and accommodate presenters and attendees who may have special needs in order to participate, from wheelchair access, to creative ways for those folks to speak at the event (making sure they have input on what will serve them best). Please refer to the AWP Disability Caucus “Guidelines for Accessibility & Inclusivity” for further information on how you might create the most inclusive space.
Thank you for your support and hard work. Again, We believe in you, your sense of humanity, and your capacity as a writer to help us positively influence others with your words and activism.