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October 27, 2015 / olneypost

La Salle University documentary premieres in Olney on Saturday.

Writers Matter: The Documentary is a documentary about the La Salle after-school program and showcase the creative work and extra effort students and staff do.

Writers Matter: The Documentary is a film about the La Salle after-school program and showcase the creative work and extra effort students and staff do. Photo courtesy of  La Salle

A documentary showcasing a program La Salle University’s students run for local middle and high school students to teach and enhance writing skills will screen in Olney on Saturday.

Writers Matter: The Documentary premieres at the Dan Rodden Theater at 1900 W. Olney Ave. on Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.  At the end of the screening a panel including the director, students and teachers will discuss the film and filming process.

Writers Matter was created by La Salle Professor Robert Vogel in 2005. Since then the program has helped over 11,000 students and 13 schools and produced a book.

The program promotes creativity and writing as an emotional and educational outlet for students. La Salle students get to test out teaching methods for improving writing as well.

“The documentary gives just a taste of what this work entails, both for its administrators and also for the students involved,” said the program’s coordinator Conor Coleman to La Salle University’s blog. “The students are the focus. Their brilliance shines through their circumstances; the stories they tell, often so eloquently, is the basis for why this work exists.”

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