Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Hypertext Magazine & Studio

Find your voice.

aka HMS

CHICAGO, IL

Mission

At Hypertext Magazine & Studio, we believe that creating art helps us understand our personal journeys and our world. As writers and teachers, we also believe in sharing our time, energy, and skills with community members whose stories have been silenced for too long. HMS is dedicated to teaching writing and storytelling techniques to communities directly impacted by violence, people who are rebuilding their lives after being incarcerated, recovering from substance use disorders, or any underserved community whose collective voice has been marginalized in any way.

Ruling Year

2017

Founder & Executive Director

Ms. Christine Elizabeth Rice

Vice President

Ms. Janet Joseph

Main Address

1821 W MELROSE ST

CHICAGO, IL 60657 USA

Keywords

social justice, writing, adult literacy, publishing

EIN

82-2197936

 Number

5002190278

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Hypertext Magazine & Studio is committed to teaching creative storytelling and writing skills to marginalized Chicago-area adults and to publishing these stories – alongside established writers – online and in print. At Hypertext Magazine & Studio, we believe that creating art helps us understand our personal journeys and our world. As writers and teachers, we also believe in sharing our time, energy, and skills with community members whose stories have been silenced for too long. That's why HMS is dedicated to teaching writing and storytelling techniques to communities directly impacted by violence, people who are rebuilding their lives after being incarcerated, recovering from substance use disorders, or any underserved community whose collective voice has been marginalized in any way.

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We teach writing skills.

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For centuries, stories have been used to help us learn. They help us see our and others’ mistakes and successes. They help us heal. At Hypertext Magazine & Studio, we believe that creating art helps us understand our personal journeys and our world. As writers and teachers, we also believe in sharing our time, energy, and skills with community members whose stories have been silenced for too long. HMS is dedicated to teaching writing and storytelling techniques to communities directly impacted by violence, people who are rebuilding their lives after being incarcerated, recovering from substance use disorders, or any underserved community wWe teach writing and storytelling skills to underserved adult populations. These hard (writing & literacy) transfer to all kinds of writing including resume, email, and letter writing. At the end of each session, we publish our social service partners work online and/or in print.

We’re published writers, editors, and highly experienced teachers and we want to teach people the skills they need to tell, write, and publish personal narratives and imagined stories. These ‘narrative’ skills transfer to all writing – including writing emails, cover letters, business correspondence, and resumes. The pedagogy we use – Story Workshop® Approach of the Teaching of Writing – has been tried and tested for over 50 years. Story Workshop’s alternative teaching approach celebrates the diverse voices of every community. This approach, developed by the late writer and professor John Schultz and housed for decades at Columbia College Chicago, closely resembles the writing process and emphasizes the principles of attention, seeing-in-the-mind, and oral telling to help writers discover what they want to tell and how to tell it. It’s a highly flexible approach that can be used to teach seasoned as well as novice writers, old and young.

HMS partners with established social service nonprofits to teach writing and storytelling skills. We partner with local literacy groups including The Chicago Writers Association and the Chicago Literacy Alliance to build relationships and outreach. We have an established online presence via our literary magazine www.hypertextmag.com (since 2010) that averages 8,000 to 10,000 readers per month. We also publish a bi-annual print literary magazine that currently reaches approximately 300 readers.

HMS will know if it is making progress if we serve more underserved social service partners. Right now, since organizing in September, 2017, we are serving 18 adult, formerly-incarcerated women. Our goal is to serve 200 underserved adults by the end of 2019.

Since opening our doors in 2017, HMS has begun teaching social service clients living in Grace House. Grace House is Cabrini Green Legal Aid's (CGLA) residence where for formerly-incarcerated women prepare to reenter society outside of prison. We are teaching the women to write their stories of triumph and struggle in preparation to present their work at an October symposium. We are partnering with like-minded literacy organizations in Chicago to address the significant need for adult literacy education. According to the Chicago Literacy Alliance, an estimated 882,000, or 30% of adults have low basic literacy skills and would benefit from adult literacy and/or adult basic education services.

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