Panel: Literary Citizenship Project Spotlight

literary citizenship panel from hippocamp 2015

Hear from four enterprising and inspiring writers making amazing things happen in their local communities, the greater writing community, and the world.

Each panelist will share details of their service/organization/program, including how they came up with the idea, how they pulled it together and more. We’ll save time for questions!


  • Ken Budd, 650,000 Hours
  • Jennifer Marshall, This Is My Brave
  • Jenna McGuiggan, The Word Cellar Writers Guild
  • Jim Warner, Citizen Lit podcast

Moderator: Donna Talarico

About the organizations:

650,000 Hours, a digital series debuting in 2016: The average human life lasts just 650,000 hours—how will you spend yours? That’s the premise of a new show on giving back, taking risks, and living a life of passion and purpose. The show’s host, Ken Budd—author of the memoir The Voluntourist—will travel the world to work with the planet’s most passionate, most generous heroes. Ken is donating all of his earnings from The Voluntourist to the places and organizations where he volunteered.

This Is My Brave is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which serves as a platform and a community for people sharing stories of lives affected by mental illness to end the stigma. Our flagship program is a theater show of essays, poetry and music.

The Word Cellar Writers Guild is an online membership community for writers who crave more creativity, more community, and a deeper understanding of the craft of writing. A space created for writers by writers, we offer a treasure trove of writerly goodies, including monthly education modules; a resource library stocked with author interviews, reading lists, and writing prompts; private community forums; and live, virtual events.

Citizen Lit, a weekly this literary podcast, explores what it means to be an active member of the writing world through reviews, interviews, and recorded performances. Art is about connection and engagement—how the work speaks to us and how we respond back. From writers to publishers, to venues and festivals, Citizen Lit is your weekly invitation to share your voice and join the conversation.

(Photo: Last year, Lori M. Myers moderated a literary citizenship panel which represented local writing groups, community enrichment, and local performance.)


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All-Conference Live Panel
Location: Heritage Ballroom Salon C Date: August 14, 2016 Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am ken budd author photo Ken Budd jennifer marshall Jennifer Marshall jennifer-mcguiggan Jennifer McGuiggan jim warner Jim Warner