LRJF announces publication of book featuring writing of local students and adults


The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation announces the publication of a beautiful new book comprised of writings from their two local Covid 19 Writing Contests. Twenty-seven students who submitted to the Youth Writing Competition and twenty-eight poets who entered the juried Indian River County Poetry Competition, are included in this limited-edition book. It is an exciting opportunity to glimpse inside the creative insights of people right here in Indian River County as they express their COVID-19 experiences.

The book can be purchased for a suggested minimum donation of $10 at the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation Writing Center or at the Vero Beach Book Center starting on Monday, August 10. More details about the book and the competition winners are available at .

It has long been the mission of LRJF to bring people together through writing and honoring the past and inspiring the future through the written word for all ages in our community. That mission is more relevant today than ever before. As people long for connection and start to realize how much of their daily experience is created through community, LRJF wants to provide space for exactly that, and this new publication is an excellent representation of the Foundation’s mission.

Writing is an important way for people to communicate emotion. It allows for empathy, compassion and growth. At times like this when myriad forms of grief sit at the surface, grief for loss of stability, relationships, touch and so much more, writing connects people. The goal at LRJF is to facilitate that connection. Whether through Teen and Adult Writers Workshops, the Poetry and Barbeque, gallery-walk salons, special collaborations with the Community Church, or whether it is sharing the past of the community by inviting people into Laura’s historic home, LRJF brings people together.

During this unprecedented time in our community’s history, LRJF was thrilled to encourage “expression of the written word” to document our county’s pandemic experience. LRJF Writing Center at 1914 14 th Avenue provides a gathering place for writers by offering teen and adult writers workshops, programs like Teens Listen, ongoing weekly writers groups and community wide events such as an annual Poetry BBQ and monthly “Celebrate a Local Author” during Friday Art Stroll. Visit or call 772.569.6718

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