Writing the Future

. January 30, 2013.

Plenty of high school students have literary talent — but how many get a chance to see themselves in print? Thanks to 826michigan, the students of Clemente Development Center in Ypsilanti have had that opportunity and followed through. The result is 2020: Visions of the [Near] Future, a compilation of stories written by the Clemente students, in which the writers envision what their lives might look like at the end of the decade. 826michigan is the local branch of 826 National, the nonprofit founded by beloved publisher, memoirist and hipster icon Dave Eggers. The various 826 chapters promote literacy and creative writing in youth from ages 6 to 18, through tutoring, writing workshops, school field trips and publishing. 2020 is the product of one of 826's in-school programs. 826michigan has a volunteer presence at five area schools, and each year one is chosen to produce a book. 826 volunteers worked one-on-one with the students through the process of writing and editing, helping them produce their best work. The youthful writers touch on a broad range of themes, from the sad to the funny to the fantastic, and 826's design team has crafted their work into a handsome hardcover volume. It sells for $12, and is available at 826michigan's storefront, Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair.

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