Wordcraft has four Focus Areas that drive our programming and activities. These areas have been cultivated throughout the years to be a culmination of work and attention.
Wordcraft was founded in 1992 as a mentorship organization and this still forms the core of our work. Connecting emerging and professional writers and storytellers is key to ensuring sustainability for Indigenous stories and communities as we navigate through an age of radical change and uncertainty. By creating strong mentorships and dynamic collaborations, we honor those who have helped pave the way by accessing their wisdom and generosity in order to develop the necessary skills to succeed as a writer or storyteller.
Wordcraft has long had a focus on education and intellectual development. From our workshops to our gatherings, our education component seeks to create an understanding of the mechanics of creating good stories, as well as, highlighting the skills and attributes that entail a productive writing and/or storytelling career. Our educational programming seeks to engage all ages and skill levels in synthesizing knowledge and productivity in a way that aligns with Indigenous community values, as well as the core values of Wordcraft. Further, our educational efforts will help to bridge the understandings between youth and elders so that all benefit from the course, process, workshop, or gathering.
To achieve our mission, Wordcraft is engaged in creating awareness about the importance of Native and Indigenous writers and storytellers. To this end, we are vocal proponents of the contributions of said writers and storytellers and their tremendous impact on the general public. We will continue to press for recognition, acceptance, and understanding of Native and Indigenous stories in all their myriad forms.
To ensure the voices of Native and Indigenous writers and storytellers are heard throughout the world, Wordcraft is dedicated to promoting the works of members and non-members alike. We have established partnerships with a number of publishing companies so as to provide an outlet for creative work and we are developing museum exhibits, traveling presentations and online forums to highlight the work of Native and Indigenous writers and storytellers.