Thursday, September 25, 2008

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.