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The release of our annual anthology is a celebration of young writers all across Austin. These kids join Austin Bat Cave’s after-school programs, Saturday workshops, summer writing camps for a number of reasons: extra writing coaching, a passion for storytelling, a desire to be the first in their family to attend college. By the end, they’ve shared some part of themselves. In verse or longform. An essay, a short story, a podcast. Sometimes on paper. Sometimes on film. No matter what these students write, rarely do they visualize the final product. Until the book is in their hand, and they see their names in print, our students are focused less on publication and more on the act of writing. Each year, we get to honor these children and their words with our friends, families, and the community. As with any collected work, the voices are wide-ranging, but the unifying theme—as it is with most of our work—is that their voices matter.
It is often said that our children can teach us more than we can teach them. That is never more apparent than when we read their writing.
Stay tuned to hear all about our exciting plans for 2019 and beyond. It’s going to be a good one, y’all.
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