I'm looking for research on low-literacy writing, how people read and remember different kinds of materials, what kind of materials are most readable to the most people, etc. Names of academic journals or even academic specialties I should be looking at would be helpful. Info on this topic for general audiences (and written accessibly!) are also welcome, if they are based on research. (Much of what I've found so far is based on conjecture, which I already have a ton of).
I would like the ability to write an essay or piece of fiction that can make many readers cry. [more inside]
Breaking out of my funk filter: I'd like to do some volunteer work on a regular but limited basis (say, a couple hours a week). I feel that writing is one of my skills, and in the past I've helped friends write really great resumes and cover letters, so I think this might be a good thing for me to focus on. I suppose helping with writing college essays might also work. I have an idea that I'd like to work with veterans specifically, although I'm open to different ideas. And I live in the SF Bay Area. So can you suggest organizations that I might work with - either in my ideal scenario of helping vets with resumes - or doing something else that would utilize my skills?
Why do novelists use "________" in place of a character's name? [more inside]