Since 1994, WritersCorps has worked in more than 52 community-based organizations in San Francisco. Each year WritersCorps places accomplished writers in agencies serving youth, such as schools, libraries, juvenile detention facilities, and social service agencies. We serve youth, ages 6 to 22, with a particular emphasis on immigrant, incarcerated, homeless, educationally-disadvantaged and low-income youth.
At school sites, WritersCorps partners with classroom teachers to provide in-school workshops. We also offer lunchtime and after-school programs at some school sites.
At libraries and social service agencies, we offer after-school programs. All WritersCorps workshops are free. To see a listing of our workshops at the public libraries, please go here.
To find out more about WritersCorps workshops at any of our sites, please call 415-252-4655 or email hello [at] writerscorps [dot] org.
WritersCorps Sites Listed by Neighborhoods:
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA is a premier community organization for children, youth, adults, and seniors to develop mind, body, and spirit to their fullest potential in a safe environment. WritersCorps provides after-school writing workshops to teens and transitional age youth.
3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic is a community based agency providing youth in the Bayview Hunters Point with medical and behavioral health services that encourage them to make decisions that support their health, safety and development. WritersCorps provides after-school writing workshops.
College Track San Francisco is the catalyst for change for under-resourced high school students who are motivated to earn a college degree. WritersCorps provides after-school workshops at College Track.
Sanchez College Preparatory School is a public elementary school. WritersCorps works with several 5th grade classes.
San Francisco Main Public Library provides free and equal access to information, media and workshops designed to enhance literacy, self-expression and research skills. WritersCorps partners with the library’s Teen Services to provide after-school workshops, which currently take place on Tuesday afternoons. For more information about the WritersCorps workshop for teens at the Main Library, see our workshop listing here and contact teen librarian Eric Hannan at 415-557-4426 or ehannan [at] sfpl [dot] org.
WritersCorps Apprentices is an after-school program for advanced writers, ages 16 to 22, who seek a community of writers. The WritersCorps Apprentices meet twice a week after school to write together. They also go on field trips and work on annual publication projects.
Diamond Heights Area
The Juvenile Justice Center is a short-term youth detention facility for the City and County of San Francisco. WritersCorps provides writing workshops for all units at juvenile hall, and also partners with The Beat Within, a publication of writing and art from inside juvenile hall.
Excelsior Branch Library provides a large collection of English, Chinese and Spanish language materials. WritersCorps partners with the teen librarian at Excelsior Branch Library to offer after-school writing workshops for teens.
Aptos Middle School provides diverse and comprehensive academic programs, including English classes for English Language Learners, special education programs, and honors classes. WritersCorps works in several 7th and 8th grade language arts classrooms and also holds a lunchtime program that is open to all students.
Hilltop School is an education and support service center for pregnant and parenting teens who want to continue their education in a caring and nurturing atmosphere. Students receive on-site childcare for their infant while earning academic and elective credits allowing them to transition back to their respective schools. WritersCorps partners with the language arts teacher to offer in-school writing instruction.
Mission High School is a comprehensive public high school located in the Mission District. About half of the school’s student body is learning English. Mission High is proud of its ethnic diversity and tries to instill positive social values, acceptance and tolerance in its students. WritersCorps provides workshops in several classrooms and after-school at the Creative Writing Club.
Downtown High School is an alternative public high school that provides project-based learning experiences that emphasize critical thinking skills across curricular areas. WritersCorps works with several of the projects.
International Studies Academy is an alternative academic public high school, specializing in multicultural education and international studies. The knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to live in a global community are promoted in this small, intimate learning community. WritersCorps works in many classrooms at ISA and also runs a lunchtime open mic series in the school library.
Oasis for Girls is a center for girls and young women ages 11 to 24 that provides interdisciplinary programming that builds on each step of the way through a girl’s development. Opportunities for growth exist through its Arts and Arts Education, Leadership Development and Life Skills Education programs. Through a partnership with Oasis and with Intersection for the Arts, WritersCorps teachers the Arts program.