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Bookwich: The perfect choice for lunch

Yesterday the Brilliant Ink team attended Bookwich, the cleverly named fundraising luncheon hosted each year by 826 Valencia. If you're not yet familiar with 826 Valencia, you should be - this super creative and fun nonprofit help kids hone their writing skills, and teachers get their students excited about the literary arts. The organization was originally founded by Dave Eggers, one of my favorite authors and...

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Six-Word Memoirs

Here at Brilliant Ink, we were all intrigued when we discovered SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoir Project. The whole concept is based on a legend that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just six words. He came up with: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Based on that concept, SMITH started asking its readers to submit their...

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Woo-hoo! We’re 2!

First things first: I promise we won’t post celebratory birthday announcements every year until the end of time. But what can I say? It’s exciting that we’re entering our second year in business, even as we face a continuously sluggish economy. The year has flown by, thanks to a...

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Diary of a young girl

Here on the Brilliant Blog, we are commemorating Women's History Month by sharing our thoughts on some of the women who inspire us.For as long as I can remember, I've loved writing. And that passion was certainly inspired in no small part by Anne Frank. I read the Diary of Anne Frank when I was 13 years old - around...

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Make it Meaningful

As we work with our clients in developing communications strategies and messages to keep employees engaged in their jobs, we often find ourselves coming back to a common theme, regardless of the industry or project we are working on. That theme is meaningful purpose. It's the answer to "why should I care about working here?" ...

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Arrgh! Writing’s Fun!

What do pirates have to do with writing skills? Everything, if you're an organization known as 826 Valencia. Founded by author Dave Eggers (one of my favorites) and educator Nínive Calegari in 2002, 826 Valencia is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps advance kids' literacy skills by providing after school tutoring, workshops and writing-based field trips.826 Valencia's writing lab is...

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Me, Myself and I

In case you missed it, a recent a NY Times editorial took President Obama to task for his incorrect use of the word "I" when he really should have been using "me." It turns out that even the Harvard-educated can have an occasional grammar malfunction - how refreshing for my own non-Ivy League ego!In case you're similarly pronoun-challenged, here's a...

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Quote for the Day

"The one incontrovertible truth about this era: Only creativity and aggressive innovation  - in the face of hardships and layoffs and seriously tough choices - will fuel a turnaround." -- Robert Safian, Fast Company editor The latest issue of Fast Company includes their annual list of the most innovative companies - a refreshing burst...

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