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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. 

 Copyright Rick Cox, singer & songwriter, "Queen of the South"

So perhaps some of the bills presented this session in the Legislature lacked what one might called "gravitas," as Mississippi Matters investigative reporter Steve Wilson has already aptly noted.

For instance...

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your child!

Mississippi's own #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Angie Thomas will talk straight to your child's heart about his or her writing skills--and future! 

"I can't wait to speak with these youth who...

General Editor Joe Maxwell today discussed his recent bullying article and reader response on WYAB 103.9 FM radio show, "That's What's Happening," hosted by Jim Thorn. 

OUR CONSENSUS: 1) BULLYING IS AS OLD AS TIME; 2) BULLYING IS ABOUT A CHILD'S HEART, NOT HIS OR H...

December 23, 2017

The Well Writers Guild, the writing mentoring wing of Mississippi Matters, was just featured on WAPT along with our star student.

The Well mentors promising young "select" writers, providing them a forum to hone and display their talents just like their peers who...

Almost exactly this time last year, on December 1, 2016, Governor Phil Bryant was in Jerusalem telling The Jerusalem Post that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump "will be a great ally of Israel and will significantly change the tone of the US-Israel relationsh...

It’s almost too good to be true.

What if 95 percent of Jackson Public School seniors graduated every year sporting an average 2.9 GPA with a 93-percent acceptance rate to institutions of high learning?

These are the actual figures for JPS's JROTC cadets—year in and year...

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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.