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The Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) provokes dialogue, builds community, and promotes change by creating opportunities for adults in Chicago to write, publish, and perform works about their lives.
NWA sponsors free weekly writing workshops for adults in predominately low-income neighborhoods of Chicago. Workshops are held in libraries, social service agencies, and community centers. Selected pieces produced by each writer in the workshops are published in the award-winning Journal of Ordinary Thought (JOT), whose motto is Every Person Is a Philosopher.JOT is distributed for free throughout the community and sent to paid subscribers, arts and community organizations, each branch of the Chicago Public Library, public policy makers, and selected media. To promote and support the writers and their work, we host readings and collaborate with other arts institutions and community organizations on a variety of events.
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