The Nature of Words has established the Ellen Waterston Fund, designed to support the organization’s annual festival.
The 2012 festival is in progress and concludes Sunday. Readings and workshops are going on today and Saturday, with the festival wrapping up with a reading and open mic Sunday. Visit www.thenature ofwords.org for details.
The $25,000 endowment, named for Waterston, NOW’s founder and former executive director, will allow the organization to continue bringing celebrated authors to its annual festival. NOW hopes to match an initial donation of $20,000 through private gifts.
The festival has hosted such noteworthy authors and poets as Ted Kooser, Timothy Egan, Anne Lamott, Seth Mnookin, Pam Houston, Benjamin Percy and, this year, Jean M. Auel, for writing workshops, lectures, a gala dinner and two nights of readings at the Tower Theatre. To date, more than 60 authors have been featured at the festival, and more than 10,000 people have attended.
Contact: www.thenatureofwords.org or 541-647-2233.