Lack of access to education is a keystone factor in women’s oppression. Women globally still face disproportionate barriers to literacy. The research bears out time and again that education improves women’s quality of life. Women have fewer children, later in life, and are able to focus on their own growth, learning, and healing. Educated women have more control over their life decisions and direction.
The YMCA Muskoka is dedicated to eradicating illiteracy in our community. Both women and men access these vital services. All proceeds from the Muskoka Novel Writing Marathon, 72-hour writing event, go to YMCA Literacy Services. Please donate to see the dream of total literacy come to life.
2017 will be my third novel writing marathon! Both previous times I have completed a novel in 72 hours. Last year I was thrilled to received an honourable mention from the judges, whose feedback has proved absolutely essential to the editing of my novel, Crack.
Crack is about a young woman, Leah, whose addiction forces her to abandon college and whose violent boyfriend trafficks her to support their drug use. Their dealer, Rock, a butch lesbian with a pained past, finds herself stuck with Leah after an altercation. Leah, ever resourceful, begins to work for Rock as she confronts her addiction, her own past, and her sexuality.
If you donate through the link provided, I may be lucky enough to secure a spot in next year’s marathon. So not only are you support literacy, but you may help me write more stories for lesbians – of which there can never be enough!