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December 24, 2018

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December 23, 2018

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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

December 24, 2018

During this past year, we've worked alongside The Well Writers Guild to identify and mentor 51 passionate young Mississippi writers. Just as many youth love singing or playing a sport, these youth love writing. 

We are proud now to display their work. This is these...

December 23, 2018

Christmas is my favorite holiday and day of the year. It’s the day

most families and close friends come together and enjoy each other by

eating and observing their traditions. This is also the day that we

celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Christmas is when you’re ready to be s...

December 23, 2018

If Jesus appeared out of nowhere on Christmas day, what would you

do?

I would be so happy that Jesus came, and I would tell him all of the

things I want to talk to Him about.

We do many holiday things in December, but Christmas is a special day because Christmas is about J...

December 23, 2018


“Class,” Mrs. Daniels said once we had all finished our tests. “Now that we are done with our assessments for the semester, we are going to do something different today and tomorrow. We are going to do a service project in downtown Jackson.”

Someone—probably Marcus—gro...

December 23, 2018

Once Upon A Time, there was a young farm boy who lived in a shack on a hill. Most of his days were spent as a shepherd, but on occasion, they were spent as a warrior.

One day, while he was out tending his sheep, he heard screams and roars. He rushed over the side of a h...

December 23, 2018

In a small country there lived families that celebrated Christmas dearly.

Everything was decorated from the tippy-top. Until one day, there was a family that wasn’t so fortunate to celebrate Christmas. But they gave their children their all.

Then one day an unknown...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.