In Our Words

In Our Words is an annual collection of stories by our learners and tutors.

Part of our goal at the NALC is to empower our learners to tell their own unique stories in their own words. Nothing demonstrates this better than the hundreds of stories we’ve collected in these volumes over the years.

Submissions are open to all NALC learners and tutors. We urge all of our tutors to encourage their learners to participate. Submissions can be anonymous, by request.

You can upload and submit your story using the form on this page. Or, if you prefer, you can submit by mail to Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Attn: In Our Words, 4805 Park Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209 or in person at our office. Please be sure to include a permission slip with any submissions.

Stories must be submitted by October 7 for inclusion in the 2016 edition of In Our Words.

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I prefer that my writing remain anonymous and wish to be identified:
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Please read the following statement thoroughly. If you need help reading this a NALC tutor or staff member would be happy to assist you.

I give the Nashville Adult Literacy Council permission to use my writing in their In Our Words publication and for communication and publicity purposes without restriction or compensation. I certify that this is my original writing and does not infringe on the intellectual property of another party.


I understand that my writing will be used by the NALC for publicity purposes including - but not limited to - publication in print, online, and in social media.

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