Best Training Ground for Kid Writers - 2010
Though literati know Dave Eggers for A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and McSweeney's, the Left Coaster's CV also includes another impressive achievement: founding in 2002 the 826 Valencia writing center, which in 2004 hatched a Gotham branch, 826NYC. The Park Slope nonprofit holds workshops for elementary-school pupils, helping them to learn the craft, and has worked with more than a thousand kids, stimulating their brains with seminars on food reviews, superhero lairs, love songs, and the like. The kids walk away with finished products in the form of CDs, DVDs, posters, magazines, or books. To raise money for the program, the Gotham branch has held concerts, film festivals, and bingo tournaments. Eggers, of course, chips in on the fundraising efforts.