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So You Want to Write a Book

$400 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 27 months
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Bonnie Davis  RICHMOND, VA
Hi, I'm Bonnie Newman Davis, a veteran journalist and journalism educator who recently established The BND Institute of Media and Culture (BNDIMC), which will deliver education, outreach and training to diverse audiences.  The organization is based in Richmond, Va., where I have lived and worked since 1981.

As a result of my initiative, I am raising funds through Gofundme to establish  a 501 C nonprofit arm for  BNDIMC.  Gaining  a 501 C status will enable me to compete for foundation grants and sponsorships that will allow BNDIMC to offer quality programs at minimal costs to underserved communities. 

The funds also will be used to offset expenses for an inaugural program, African-American Authors and Writers, on Nov. 12, 2016  in Richmond, Va. During the program,  several Virginia-based journalists and authors will provide advice to members of the public who want to tell their stories through the creative process of writing and/or publishing books.

 The program also will support The Book Bros., an organization founded by three young African American boys who collect and distribute books to encourage reading among other youngsters. 

I am passionate about journalism, writing, teaching and giving back to communities in need. With your help, we can make this effort become a reality.  Any amount - $3, $5, $10, $15, $20 or more -- will be greatly appreciated!! 
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Update 5
Posted by Bonnie Davis
26 months ago
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Dear Shirley,
I have known you since I moved to Richmond in 1981. I forgot how we met or who introduced us, but I recall the fun times that we had attending concerts, going to the club and just enjoying life. You were there when I got married, and had Erin. I was there when you had Justin and when your nephew was selected for the NFL. You were so proud and excited! Oh, what about the time we went to the beach and Justin almost lost his swim trunks in the water! That was too funny. Such memories and storytelling are priceless, and thanks to your generous donation, the BND Institute of Media and Culture will continue to provide programs and training for anyone who wants to "tell their stories" on various media platforms. The BNDIMC also offers customized programs, workshops and seminars featuring speakers, small-group tours and opportunities for college and high school students in underserved communities.
Again, many thanks for your donation and more importantly, for being a friend!
Love,
Bonnie
Me (left), Shirley with Kool & the Gang
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Update 4
Posted by Bonnie Davis
26 months ago
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The BNDIMC's next program will take place on Feb. 5, 2017. Stay tuned for more information. Also, as we are updating our donor solicitation list, please indicate whether you wish for your name to be removed. Again, many thanks to you all who have generously donated $375 thus far to the Institute!
Our great authors on Nov. 12, 2016!
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Update 3
Posted by Bonnie Davis
26 months ago
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Greetings! I'm back to report that the inaugural event for the BND Institute of Media and Culture was a success! The event, "So You Want to Write a Book: African-American Authors and Writers," took place Nov. 12 at the Libbie Mill Library in Richmond, Va. About 25-30 folks came out on a sunny Saturday morning to hear from book authors and editors Cheryl Ross, Wayne Dawkins, J.B. Bryan and Yolanda B. Taylor! Each author enthralled the audience with juicy revelations about their work, what inspires them, and their overall perspective on what it takes to get noticed in the competitive world of book publishing. One secret shared by our panelists: While books can be help pay the bills and put food on the table, TALKING about your book via speaking engagements can result in lucrative returns. Also, the Book Bros., three school-age boys who really are brothers, told attendees how they collected 2,000 books last spring to distribute to their classmates to ensure that they had books to read during the summer. Speaking of public speaking, these young boys -Jazz, Jace and Just Miles -- did an excellent job. That's because they enjoy reading and don't mind telling anyone who wants to hear their stories. Excerpts from our panelists soon will be posted on the BNDIMC website, bndimc.org. Meanwhile, enjoy these photos from our Nov. 12 program. Onward!
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Update 2
Posted by Bonnie Davis
27 months ago
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Thanks, Urban Views Weekly, for running an announcement about the Book and Authors event!
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$400 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 27 months
Created October 23, 2016
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$300
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26 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$25
Shirley McMullen
26 months ago

You got this, wishing you much success.

$25
Anonymous
26 months ago
WB
$50
William Barnes
27 months ago

Bonnie Nu Nu ... All the best and good luck ...

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