Building a Foundation of Arts and Literary Learning
The Stories Matter Foundation is dedicated to supporting the art of writing, the development of writers, and the expansion of the literary arts.
One cornerstone of Stories Matter is the Dana Wood Chaney Writers Fund. Dana was one of StoryStudio’s brightest lights, a wonderful novelist, an award-winning short story writer, and the inspiration behind so many of our classes and events. We invite you to honor Dana with us by supporting emerging authors.
Please join us in helping to support other writers in Dana’s memory by contributing to the Dana Wood Chaney Writers Fund (DWCWritersFund).
The Stories Matter Foundation Dana Wood Chaney Writers Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on inspiring writers to create, publish, and change the world with their stories.
Your donation will provide scholarships and fellowships for writers of fiction and non-fiction. Make your donation using a credit card or your PayPal account.
Thoughts from Jill:
In late 2003 I started a fiction workshop and opened the door to anyone who was interested. We met at a local Chicago Park District field house, setting up cold metal folding chairs each week in a small semi-circle.
It was at the first meeting of this workshop that I met an extraordinary woman, Dana Wood. Dana walked in, tall and regal, ready to read from a novel she had recently completed. I remember immediately falling in the love with Penelope, the novel’s main character. It was the first of many of Dana’s characters and stories that touched me deeply and forced me to see the world through a new lens.
Over the next 12 years, Dana would become a fixture at StoryStudio Chicago, joining our fiction writers cohort and never missing a party or event. She was a talented writer who always took pains to promote and support her fellow students.
It is Dana we have to thank for StoryStudio’s:
- Saturday Write-Ins (because she didn’t like to write in coffee shops)
- Annual Writers Retreat (because she wanted to study and play with her growing network of writer friends)
- Novelists Roundtable (because she wanted to focus on her novel writing…but not reading manuscripts)
- Advanced Fiction Workshop (because she had helped the studio attract and develop more skilled writers)
Thank you, Dana!