Research and creativity were key to WPI's hosting the Women Authors Evening, which supported the Central Mass. YWCA. The event raised funds for Daybreak, the YWCA’s domestic violence service program.
Thirteen years ago, Jean King, Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences at WPI, relied on art, research, and community to boost Daybreak, and take care of women in Worcester. “We wanted a signature event to recognize women in different ways,” she said. “And what better way to do that than through artists?”
Since then, the Women Authors Evening has become an annual occasion. The creativity began early afternoon of April 11 when Boston author Anita Diamant visited WPI’s “Travel Writing” class, taught by Kate McIntyre, assistant professor of creative writing. Diamant, known for her award-winning novel, The Red Tent, workshopped students’ travel writing essays and imparted advice for their future projects: Do your research while dipping into creative writing. “The more you know about something," she said, "the more you understand about the world, and the richer the experience you’ll have.”
Later that evening, Diamant joined a panel composed of New England authors Carrie Johnson (the Muriel Mabley mystery series), Margot Livesey (The Hidden Machine), and Hank Phillippi Ryan, mystery author and investigative reporter for 7News Boston.
Following the panel discussion, attendees were able to purchase the authors’ books and have them autographed; they also browsed and purchased some of the artwork on display.
The evening was a success with 150 attendees and over $6,000 raised for Daybreak through ticket and art sales, and sponsorships.