Our mission is to provide underfunded public schools with a creative writing in-school and extracurricular programming that supports and broadens student access to writing opportunity, literacy, and scholarship. We work with schools with low-literacy rates--and high percentiles of students with IEPs-- to supplement the language and writing skills they are receiving in English classes and to ensure all students are receiving as much support as possible.
WHY IT MATTERS
Students in lower income schools tend to have less opportunities than others. Therefore, their quality of work diminishes, their grades are lower, and their room for growth is limited to minimal experiences.
Teaching creative writing gives students a voice, where they feel they aren't being heard, and confidence to pursue that voice and see where their own skill-sets can take them. It offers opportunities outside of the standardized workplace which leads to more confidence and a better ability to make cross-curricular connections.
Students who have participated in the Writer's Workshop model with me in the past have been more successful on their Regents exams and had a toolkit readily available to them.