August 8, 2016
Letter of Recommendation
To Whom It May Concern,
It is without hesitation that I give an outstanding recommendation to Pandora’s Collective. I initially met the directors of Pandora’s Collective while I was a Teacher - Librarian at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School (approximately 9 years ago). Pandora’s staff inspired the students and the staff at this inner city school to write spontaneously and authentically in free verse. Every student produced a piece of writing and was pleased with the results.
At Eric Hamber H.S., I enthusiastically invited Bonnie Nish to run a weekly poetry writing workshop for teens of all ages. The format that Bonnie Nish used allowed students to find their own voice. The ‘Writers in the Making’ workshop members gave the following comments in support of their successful experience:
We worked for approximately seven years with the poetry workshops. Each year the students read publicly samples of their writing at Tanglewood Books, Twisted Poets and the Summer Literary Arts Festival.
Pandora’s Collective staff teaches workshops, provides forums for writers of all ages out in the community and inspires all writers in the Lower Mainland. Since the inception of Pandora’s Collective, I have witnessed the number of events surrounding words and poetry mushroom in the public domain.
This collective’s grassroots workshops provides a part of the foundation for this growth.
Joan C. Muir