On Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Glass House Winery will host the third annual Words & Wine, a fundraiser for WriterHouse, a nonprofit writing center in Charlottesville, VA.
Before I go into details about Words & Wine, let me tell you a bit about WriterHouse. If you’ve read my posts for a while, you know how important I believe community is to writers. For the past four and a half years, WriterHouse has served as a community, a gathering place, and a family for hundreds of writers in central Virginia. They’ve hosted readings by famous and not-so-famous writers, they’ve offered classes and seminars, and they’ve welcomed writers (and readers) to come together and find kindred spirits. I’ve been involved with WriterHouse since the beginning, and the people I’ve met there have enriched my life, writing and otherwise, more than I can say.
But it takes money to run a writing center. So Words & Wine was born. Words, because obviously those of us involved with WriterHouse love words, and Wine, because, well, even non-writers love wine, right?
Go out and support a great cause, and have some fun while you’re doing it. I promise you’ll have a great time. Admission of $30 per person includes wine tasting, a complimentary wine glass, light hors d’oeuvres, and one raffle ticket. I’ll make it easy for you – just click this link to get to the WriterHouse website and purchase tickets using the PayPal button.
But, you say, I live 500 miles away and really can’t swing airfare just for a one day fundraiser. No problem. You can still help the cause by purchasing raffle tickets for some really amazing prizes, including three vacation destinations: France, Santa Fe, and Vermont. And why should you support a writing center that you’ll never be able to go to? Well, say you finish that Great American Novel, and you are working on your book tour. And you remember that there is a terrific writing center in Virginia that loves to host readings for new writers. Or maybe you don’t write, but you love to read. Maybe that donation will help keep the doors open so that your future favorite book can be written there. Or how about this? Supporting the creation and appreciation of literature is the mission of WriterHouse, and you are all about that. Whatever the reason, consider donating.
Maybe I’ll see you there, if I can arrange to make it up. But even if I don’t, you can bet I’ll be buying raffle tickets. Where better to finish my WIP than in France?