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 Volume 11, Issue 99  | December 10, 2019

Third Street Writers’ Wine and Words event raises nearly $2,000 for scholarship fund

On Thursday, June 13, the nonprofit writing organization Third Street Writers held its first fundraising event, Wine and Words, in support of a scholarship the group plans to give to a graduating Laguna Beach High School senior in 2020. 

Just over $1,900 was raised through ticket sales and the proceeds from books sold at the event.

Third Street president Amy Francis Dechary announced that a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who plans to major in a field of writing next year. 

“We are thrilled to be able to reach out to Laguna youth in 2020,” she said, noting that the event will almost certainly become an annual one. “It’s always hard for nonprofits to find event space, but I’m confident we can host this event again.”

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Third Street Writers’ at the Wine and Words event on June 13 

Wine and Words was a speed-dating style writing workshop, accompanied by wine and a decadent buffet of finger foods. Organized in small breakout groups, attendees worked in 15-minute sessions with poetry, memoir, screenwriting, or flash fiction instructors to gain insight and inspiration for future writings. 

Screenwriter, Chapman University Associate Professor, and Third Street board member Christine Fugate taught the screenwriting session. She enjoyed working with the “students” and helping them unlock the written equation of a complicated story for film. “Screenplay structure can be so much fun once you begin to understand the art and craft of it,” she said. Fugate will host a dialogue writing session at the Third Street Writers’ weekly meeting on July 1. 

“We all had a wonderful time together, and, most importantly, as a community of writers we were able to raise money for a worthy cause,” Fugate said after the event.

Wine and Words was held at Sandra Jones Campbell’s art studio in Laguna Canyon. An influencer in the Laguna art scene for over 30 years, Campbell is known for creating work inspired by vintage photographs. She is moving from her studio this summer and said that the Wine and Words event was the last public event to be held there. 

“It was fantastic – a true celebration of artistic collaboration, from learning about different writing genres from local experts, to sharing good food, wine and ideas, to working together to fund our goal, all within Sandra’s beautiful studio,” Dechary stated. “We hope to host more people so they can experience the fun and joy of this event.”

Third Street Writers is a nonprofit writing organization dedicated to nurturing writers of all kinds in Laguna Beach. The group meets every Monday at 10 a.m. at the Laguna Beach Public Library. Writers of all skill level are welcome. 

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