As we move into our tenth year, there are big things on the horizon for San Diego Writers, Ink. Those who attended the reading of Drusilla Campbell’s novel IN DOUBT in September learned about one thing: Brian and LJ Joyner have generously pledged $5,000as an incentive for the San Diego Writers, Ink community to match that amount, withall matched proceeds going to the Drusilla Campbell Scholarship and Outreach Fund.
At the beginning of the year, the board and staff discussed honoring Dru in some way; during her years as board president, she led the charge of moving us to our current space in Liberty Station. We owe our tremendous growth to her vision and unwavering leadership. When the opportunity to expand our outreach through this gift arose, it was unanimous that this scholarship and outreach program be named in her honor. When presented with the idea, Dru was ecstatic!
As we remember Dru and the love she had for her entire SDWI community, please help us honor her by making SDWI programs available to even more people in the community. Let’s work together to help members who want to take classes but cannot afford to do so, to expand SDWI programming in other areas in San Diego, and to develop our region-wide presence.
Allow us to share such an example of past efforts:
In August, poetry instructor Jim Moreno partnered with SDWI to bring the first annual Jihmye Collins Summer Poetry Camp to Malcolm X Library in Southeast San Diego. One of Jim’s students, Noemi, an 18-year old high school student, took to poetry. A few weeks after the summer camp, Noemi had a poem published in the San Diego Poetry Annual. Quite a feat for a first time author! The SDWI program made this possible.
We welcome your ideas and suggestions, and we need your support. Together, let’s use the Drusilla Campbell Scholarship and Outreach Fund to create new programs, serve new communities, and take San Diego Writers Ink to new heights.