Blog Love, Kiva, and Writing Workshops

Blogging is toil, and I've been doing it for 3.5 years. That's why love like this cyber kudo from Mother Reader means so much.

I was also delighted to find out yesterday that my friend Aline Pereira of Paper Tigers somehow managed to convince KIVA (an organization I love) to feature RICKSHAW GIRL as a recommended resource.

One of the best parts of my job description is to inspire other writers, young or old, to create a sense of place in fiction. I kicked off my fall season of author visits with a workshop last Saturday in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

YA librarian Dan (who did an amazing job convincing a bunch of kids to show up on a sunny Saturday) has posted some of the products of that workshop here.


Corinne Robson said...

Hi Mitali:

Last year my son's Grade 5 class raised over $1,000 and then "invested" it into KIVA. The class was broken down into groups of 5 or 6 kids who then researched people looking for loans through KIVA. It was an amazing project and the kids learned so much. I suggested your book Rickshaw Girl to the teacher and some of the kids in the class (including my son) read and loved it. I think it will be one of those projects that the kids remember all their lives. They are now in Middle School but plan on starting a lunch hour KIVA group as approx. $600 of their original loans have been repaid.

Mitali Perkins said...

Corrine, that's wonderful! What a life-changing experience. KIVA is empowering a new generation of givers, movers, and shakers.