Giving Back

At Splattered Ink Press, we pride ourselves on giving back to the community by patronizing local businesses and getting involved with non-profits. Each year, our Quit Whining Start Writing (QWSW) Conference selects a reading or writing-related non-profit organization to support. Writers who attend QWSW 2017 can take part in the raffle of a writing-related gift basket with all proceeds going to The Creative Youth Center of Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) prepares kids for life's adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices. We believe that academic success and confidence are fostered through one-on-one attention by trained, caring adults in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Inspired by 826 National's writing and tutoring center chapters, the CYC is the only creative writing-focused children's organization in Grand Rapids. We offer writing and tutoring programs for kids ages 6 to 18 attending Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) or living in Grand Rapids. Students that participate in our writing programs select work for publication in our yearly anthology, The Book of Explosions, celebrated each year in a book launch at Wealthy Theatre. Since 2010, more than 600 students have become published authors. More information about our programs can be found at

Previous Non-profit Recipients of Quit Whining Start Writing Conference

R.E.A.D. (Reading Enables Adult Development) — 2016

R.E.A.D. is an adult-literacy program that provides free one-on-one tutoring to adults in northeast Ottawa County, Michigan.

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library — 2015

Founded by Dolly Parton, Imagination Library helps children learn to love reading by sending a new, age-appropriate book every month to every child who is under five years old and is registered with the program. Visit the website to register a child.

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SLD Read — 2014

This nonprofit community resource serves West Michigan people who have dyslexia, learning differences, and other reading challenges.

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