Welcome to The Home Write Project!
With the closures of Alberta Schools, I am wondering if there are students who are budding writers and could use some exposure. If you know of any, please let them know I am happy to post their work up to 800 words on ANY topic.
I personally know how much it helped me before I found my first job.
If you’d like more information please email me — firstname.lastname@example.orgShare on facebook Facebook Share on google Google+ Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on whatsapp WhatsApp Share on reddit Reddit Share on email Email Share on delicious Delicious
The voice at the end of the telephone in 1979, somehow, magically, mixed a sense of urgency and genuine encouragement in the same breath.
“I will read it,” Paul Rimstead. “You write for me. But you need to write every day. One day, I think, you will thank me.”
I share that most valuable lesson, some 41 years later, from Rimstead, the late larger than life Edmonton Sun columnist whose huge impact led to my first job as a reporter four months later.
I will never — ever — be the journalist Rimstead was. But his example of helping young writers was something I bookmarked in every notepad, and recording device I ever purchased.
One day, I thought, I could do the same.
That day has, alas, come.
As we journey through this new stay at home regime — not a sense of punishment in any way — I have to wonder if there are some young writers out there, who could use a door being propped open. But, just being propped.
I also write from experience when I scribble, as a young wordsmith, how important it is to have someone reading your stuff, and not having it pile up on a corner of a desk, or chewing up memory in your computer hard disk.
Writing is a two-way Street. I feed off the response of my readers.
So that is why — cue drum roll, please — we are taking great pleasure in introducing …. The Home Write Project.
Hang on, now, folks. Not homework, you understand. Oh, no.
Because … writing should no be work.
So, here’s how it works: I have created a link on camtait.com, called the Home Write Project.
If you are 21 or younger and want to pursuit writing, please: write for me. Email me 500 words — the regular length of a newspaper column.
You choose the topic. (Hint: the more topical, the better.)
I will post it on my site and social media networks.
If you want me to offer some guidance — other than how to turn on your computer —— I am happy to.
If you want to find your own way in this wonderful business yourself — good for you..
I’ll be your biggest cheerleader.
So … what do you think?
If you have any questions, email me — email@example.com.
Or, just send me a written submission, short biography and a picture.
If we are all at home let’s chase our dreams.
Paul Rimstead: thank you!!