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It’s Not Me, It’s You — Purge ATL’s Collection of Break Up Readings


Written on January 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm, by Sue

The poster kind of says it all.

Thanks to the indefatigable Jason Travis for the design. Thanks to Purge ATL for the idea and the elbow grease. Kindly RSVP here.

Previously:

Purge ATL: What’s Inside the Wren’s Nest
That Other Time JTrav Designed a Poster for One of Our Events
That Time JTrav Took Pictures for Don’t Forget That Day

Joel Chandler Harris Signed Photograph Up for Auction


Written on January 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm, by Sue

Do you have $7,000? Great! Let’s spend it.

Joel Chandler Harris

This signed Joel Chandler Harris photograph is up for auction over on eBay. The starting bid is a mere $6,999.

The date of the photograph isn’t given, but I’d reckon it was taken in the mid-1890s during Harris’s pomade period.

If you’re feeling miserly, feel free to skip the signed photograph and go straight for the Joel Chandler Harris Anniversary Christmas Tree Balls:

Joel Chandler Harris Christmas Balls

At $19.99 these unused Balls are a steal, if a little fuzzy.

Volunteers Needed to Mentor the KIPP Scribes for a New Book


Written on January 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm, by Sue

Are you a writer of some sort? Would you like to help a 5th or 6th grader become a published author? Do you know someone who would?

The Wren’s Nest is helping the KIPP Scribes record family stories for a new book, and we need your help.

Here’s how it works:

Once a week starting in February, you’ll meet 1-on-1 with a 5th grader at KIPP STRIVE Academy to help identify, record, and craft an important family story. It will look something like this:

Carleigh and D'Mecia writing Don't Forget That Day by the KIPP Scribes at KIPP STRIVE in Atlanta, Georgia for the Wren's Nest

Then, we’ll compile the stories together for a handsome publication. Finally, we’ll all have a party for the book’s debut at the Decatur Book Festival.

Sounds like fun, right? We need 30 of you, so don’t be shy.

Here’s what you need to do to help:

1. Attend an orientation session later this month.
2. Commit to 15 hours of service over a three month period.
3. Be available on Tuesdays between 3 and 4 pm.
4. Have some sort of writing experience. You needn’t be Tolstoy, mind you. If you think you may qualify, chances are you probably do. Last year we welcomed writers, lawyers, teachers, and workaday folks like me.

Sign up by emailing Amber (amber@wrensnestonline.com), our spectacular Program Director, before January 25th. That’s real soon! Do you have questions? Amber can answer those too.

Need more convincing?

We had a blast making last year’s book Don’t Forget That Day. Look no further than the launch party photos.

If you must look further, see, for example, Brooke saying nice things about last year’s program. Or Kimberly doing the same. Or Jamie, who chronicled his experience specifically for your benefit.

Even if this program isn’t for you, I bet you know someone who would love it. And chances are, they are totally clueless. Please forward this post along if you’d be so kind.