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Deep Center P.O. Box 5582 Savannah, GA 31414
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Contact Megan Ave'Lallemant, Director of Programs, if you are interested in a Writing Fellowship or learning more about our programming.
Contact Louise Tremblay, Operations Manager, if you have any questions about how to donate.
Call the Deep Center at 912.289.7426 for more information about our organization, or to set-up a visit to our by-appointment-only office in the Bull Street Library—2002 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are you called "Deep"? What does it stand for?
Deep is not an acronym; it's about taking a "deeper" approach to literacy. We believe that true literacy means more than having a basic level of reading comprehension, and we know that the best way to engage meaningfully with language is to learn to use it skillfully, confidently, and courageously. This is what it means to be "Deep."
2. How is the Deep Center funded?
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which means that we are funded by charitable donations through foundations and government grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations. Our Patrons are folks who make a recurring gift. Just $12 a month is all it takes to put one kid through the entire program, including 11 weekly workshops of mentoring, and publication in a book. Click here to learn more about giving.
3. How do you pick the kids in your program?
The truth is, we don't. We let schools do that. We keep our workshops small so that we can maintain a low student-to-mentor ratio (6:1) and we serve exclusively public middle grades (6-8) students in Savannah-Chatham County. School teachers recommend students and help us zero in on those kids who need it most. Some of our kids need to improve their basic writing skills, some need a confidence boost or an artistic outlet, and some need to be challenged to express the kind of intellectual courage that will help propel them to fulfill their potential. Most kids need a combination of these things, but we aim to attract a mix to each 14-kid workshop. All in all, we offer nearly 400 scholarships to kids at public schools across the county each year, more than 70% of which are free or reduced priced lunch program. Click here to learn more about getting your kid involved or bringing this program to your school.
4. How do you pick your writing teachers?
First off, we don't call our mentors teachers. We call them Writing Fellows. They're a community of experienced local authors, poets, and journalists who apply, interview, attend a two-day training seminar, and submit to a background check and drug test before they even set foot in the workshop. Click here to learn more about becoming a Writing Fellow.
5. What is a Deep writing workshop like?
Workshops are held for 75 minutes after school one day per week for three months. The same two Writing Fellows work with the same 14 kids each week. Every workshop begins with some kind of free-write, discussion, or other warmup exercise, leading into a short reading selection and discussion, and ending with at least 25 minutes of writing time. Click here to learn more and watch a video about our method.
6. I'm not a writer, a kid, or a teacher, but I think Deep rocks. How can I get involved?
We are always looking for local artists to help us produce our semi-annual anthologies of student work. Each year, we recruit photographers, graphic designers, and illustrators to showcase their work in our published books. Click here to check them out.
Additionally, we can always use help from staff interns who want to learn more about working at a nonprofit, consultants who want to give us advice, and invested community members who are interested in giving back in other ways. Just shoot us an email, and we'll get back to you.
7. Where is Deep?
Our headquarters, The Deep Center for Creative Writing, is located in the Bull Street Public Library, a branch of Live Oak Public Libraries, at 2002 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401. (Our mailing address is PO Box 5582 Savannah, GA 31414.) We host writing workshops at our Partner Schools, offering spring and fall workshops to every public middle and K-8 school in Savannah-Chatham County. See a map of these schools below: