Who We Are & Why We Care: WFP Member Profile: Stuart Nicholson

Welcome! I am Stuart Nicholson, an actor and fiction writer in Richmond, as well as a member of the Central Virginia Chapter of Writing For Peace.

Growing up in the woods of rural Virginia to a family of farmers, I have always had a strong respect for the land. Whether I was running around on an adventure in the trees or helping my uncle and grandfather plow or harvest the fields, nature was a constant in my early life. As I grew up and began seeing other issues in life, their effects intrigued, and sometimes worried, me. I remember being fascinated by experiences that I would never have and wanting to understand their impact.

I went to school to study acting because I wanted to be able to tell other people’s stories. I wanted to show hardship and struggle in people other than myself. Writing had always been an extension of that. It allows the versatility to tell my stories, as well as others’.

I wanted to be involved with Writing For Peace because I believe writing and the arts have a stronger pull than traditional advocacy. The arts are able to personalize issues in a way that pamphlet and signature activism can’t. Through Writing For Peace, we can show the effect all of these socio-political issues have on the people around us. Despite any differences, we are all members of this Community.

 

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Start a Writing for Peace Chapter Where You Are!

How to Start a Writing For Peace Chapter

We are so excited and honored to have communities across the country who are committed to promoting empathy and peace through creative writing. Peace takes on many different meanings, be it food and water access, affordable housing, gender equality, anti-racism, and much more. Peace should be global, but it does not have to take on a singular definition to be attainable. In order to show how varied these meanings of peace can be, we are introducing regional Writing For Peace chapters to showcase how different communities from all over the country dedicate themselves to peace, and how creative writing and education serve as tools for peace and activism at large.

Regional Writing For Peace Chapters will allow for community members to determine the most pressing issues at hand within those regions, to have access to the creative outlet that communicates those issues, and then via multiple forms of communication, drawing on the skills of writer-members, to share those regional issues with a larger community that fosters and speaks on solidarity. We want to provide awareness, foster education, and commit ourselves to peaceful action...."

More Details at Writing For Peace National

 

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EVENT: Pop-Up Drop-In Day for Homeless Youth in Richmond Hosted by Advocates for Richmond Youth, Richmond, VA, Dec 16, 2017

Saturday, December 16th 2017, from 1-7pm, at the Trinity Family Life Center (3601 Dill Road, Richmond VA), Advocates for Richmond Youth will be holding a pop-up drop-in center for youth ages 14-24 who are experiencing housing instability, homelessness, or just need resources to get on their feet. Free food, clothing, hygiene items, and resources. Workshops will be offered every hour from 2pm, and include topics like housing rights, make-up, self-care, and succeeding at job interviews.

Advocates for Richmond Youth are a team of young adult researchers who have been homeless themselves, and are conducting a survey on homeless youth in Richmond. See their Facebook page for more info.

To get to the venue by bus, take the #34 from the transfer plaza.

 

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Start a Chapter of Writing For Peace Where You Are!

Outreach. Consistent Presence. Communication.

As autonomous arms promoting the mission of Writing For Peace, individual chapters reflect the area and need where they are created. Getting one started primarily requires a group of like-minded dedicated people who are willing to use their talents for the betterment of their own communities. 

Awareness. Education. Action. 

Writers of all kinds, community activists, & supporters of the arts coming together to use our skills to better our communities! Join us in moving toward a more peaceful world--for everyone!

Visit the National Writing For Peace site to Learn How To Begin a Chapter in Your Area!