Peace Corps Writers
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Notices we've received in the last year
Posted January 2008 Jane Albritton (India 1967-69) writes: In three years the Peace Corps will be 50 years old. A group of current and former volunteers have organized Peace Corps at 50 to honor that event in writing. We are now actively seeking non-fiction stories to include in a four-book 50th anniversary project.
     The editors of the Peace Corps at 50 Anniversary Story Project are looking for well-told stories that reflect the entire range of experiences in the Peace Corps — whether rosy, uplifting, scary, or ethically murky. -
Complete information on the project, the editors, and writers' guidelines is available at
Posted January 2008

Jim Bildner is a writer who has turned to helping other writers with the Literary Ventures Fund (LVF), a foundation “whose mission is to provide financial support for individual books, regardless of who is publishing them.” Since May 2005 when he set up the foundation, he has helped twelve books, including Kris Holloway’s (Mali 1989-91) memoir, Monique and the Mango Rains, published by Waveland Press in Long Grove, Illinois.
Bildner calls what he does, “venture philanthropy” that is a “partner-in-risk” with its clients, i.e., publishers and writers, and LVF acts like both an investor and consultant. As investor, the LVF puts capital into books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in the hope of earning money. The money can be used by the publisher to print more books or by the author to help defray the costs of spending more time writing.
     As a consultant, LVF offers assistance with public relations and marketing to help authors, publishers, and booksellers get more books in front of as many readers as possible.
     When Kris Holloway heard a presentation about LVF in 2006 she wrote a proposal to them and they accepted her book. They helped market it by reaching out to independent booksellers and setting up a regional tour for Kris. They also developed a media kit and reading group guide that could be downloaded from the foundation’s website. So far, Monique and the Mango Rains has sold over 15,000 copies which is tremendous for this type of book.
     If you are interested, and have a book that you think can be helped by LVF, check out their site at And you can also read about LVF in the Jan/Feb 2008 Poets & Writers.
Posted January 2008 is a resource for people over 50 years of age who are interested in international volunteering. John Dwyer (Guatemala 1991–92) is looking for articles for the site from 500 to 3000 words that relate or describe international volunteer experiences of folks over 50 years of age. The articles can include tips that may help a prospective volunteer choose organizations and programs, prepare for the trip, manage expectations, enjoy the experience, etc. Photographs in a digital format are also welcome. As the site is new, he is unable to offer compensation at this time. Articles and photos should
be sent to:
Posted March 2007 The National Peace Corps Association’s WorldView magazine welcomes your non-fiction submissions (1,000-2,000 words) that tell about the people and communities of the Peace Corps world. Contact Erica Burman (The Gambia 1987–89), Director of Communications, at or click on “WorldView magazine” from the National Peace Corps Association’s website
The Peace Corps Collection at the Kennedy Library is always looking for the following types of original documents that record the experiences of Peace Corps Volunteers: letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, manuscripts, photographs, slides, films, videotapes, audiotapes, pamphlets, news clips and drawings. If you are interested in donating such materials and would like information on how it is done, contact:

    The Peace Corps Collection
    John F. Kennedy Library
    Columbia Point
    Boston MA 02125

Do not send materials to them until you have discussed proceedures with them first.

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