Writing Wrongs 2019

Writing Wrongs releases new book with NCC staff designer

Writing Wrongs, a literary journalism program challenging societal perceptions of social justice issues, released its fifth book, “Outgrowing: Stories from the LGBTQ+ Community.”

NCC communication design major, Amanda Maisto, participated in this year’s program as a staff designer. The book was produced entirely by fifteen students from ten colleges and universities, were selected to utilize their skills as writers, designers, photographers/videographers, and social media managers during an intensive three-day workshop held in partnership with the LGBT Center of Reading, PA. The students interviewed and wrote seventeen portraits of members of the Berks County LGBTQ+ community and their families, providing clarity into the challenges of living in a straight world or having an LGBTQ+ child. 

Members of the LGBTQ+ community relayed their stories and shared resources that have helped them through their identity journeys, including navigating medical, mental health, and educational systems; coming out professionally in a hostile environment; and finding meaningful support for LGBTQ+ offspring.

“I am a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community,” says Maisto, “I feel this will teach me more about the community and help me open up even more as an individual. People share their stories in confidence that it will be told the way they shared it, and to tell that story through art is so powerful.”

The book, published by New Dawn Enterprises, LLC, is available through online booksellers.