A Writers' Dream to end stigma

$345 of $500 goal

Raised by 12 people in 18 months

I've always been a writer. Here's my chance to attend workshops and improve my writing. I am writing a collection of short stories about people with mental illness. I'm writing from the view of people and not like a lecture or the PDR. I'm hoping to offer hope in my stories and help others to understand what it's like to live with mental illness.

I am a disabled writer and there is a Rutgers University Writers' Conference I am hoping to attend come June 3rd & 4th,  2017.  Please consider donating to this cause. This conference would offer me an opportunity to improve as a writer and to meet with publishers and agents. 

I am currently writing a collection of short stories where the central characters have a mental illness. I am hoping by having these stories published I will be able to bring a voice that will help to end the stigma connected with mental illness and help others who know someone or are just curious to understand what it means to live with a mental illness like BiPolar or depression or anxiety.

I feel that the mentally ill are not represented properly in the media and society as a whole. I hope to network and learn from this conference how I can get my work published and how to be a more accomplished writer.

Just to have the opportunity to network with those in the literary community,  would open up opportunities I could not obtain on my own. It would mean the world to me to have my work published and to help others understand what it means to have a mental illness and to give hope to those who live with these illnesses each day.

Thank you for considering my cause and thank you to those who contribute.

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I would like to thank everyone who has given to this cause. It means a lot to me to have this opportunity. The story I'm working on presently takes a bit of research, and I'll be delving into that today. Again, thank you all so much.
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Blessings can be small or great. They can come in many forms. I always say that my God given blessing is my writing. No matter what happens, I have that and whether I get to go to the conference or not. It's still with me. Have a blessed day.
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The date is getting closer and I'm so near my goal. Please consider donating to my gofundme and help me get to the workshop. I've been busy on the foundations of two new stories, both dealing with issues that many have experienced or will eventually. Help me further my education in writing. Thank You.
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There are days you really want to write, but life seems to fill you with one too many "to do's". That's the hardest pull. Do I ignore what needs to be done for an hour and sit down and write? I'm trying to learn to take that hour a day and write. It makes me feel good because I feel productive. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness
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$345 of $500 goal

Raised by 12 people in 18 months
Created February 21, 2017
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julie greene
17 months ago

love you! Enjoy the conference.

Clare Cambridge
17 months ago

I really hope you get to attend the conference, Dana. Your stories are wonderful and unique, and they need you there as much as you need to go!

Letitia Browne-James
18 months ago

Wishing much success Dana!!

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