WritersCorps Live at The CJM – March 10

January 28th, 2016 by Admin





WritersCorps presents WritersCorps Live at The CJM, in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum. WritersCorps youth and teaching artists will share the stage with writers Chinaka Hodge.

Who: Chinaka Hodge, Maddy Clifford, Annie Rovzar, and WritersCorps youth from:

Aptos Middle School
College Track
Hilltop School
International Studies Academy
Oasis For Girls
Sanchez Elementary
San Francisco Public Library
Woodside Learning Center at Juvenile Hall

When: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street (between 3rd and 4th streets)
Cost: This event is FREE and open to the public

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Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174 th Commencement exercise. In 2010, Chinaka received USC’s prestigious Annenberg Fellowship to continue her studies at its School of Cinematic Arts. She received her MFA in screenwriting, in 2012. In the Fall of that year, she received the San Francisco Foundation’s Phelan Literary Award for emerging Bay Area talent. Chinaka was a 2012 Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. In early 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, 700th&Int’l. Since its early days, Chinaka has served in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non­profit. During her tenure there, Hodge served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population ­­ as a teaching artist and poet mentor. When not educating or writing for page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative Hip Hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C­Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.



Maddy Clifford, teaching artist at College Track SF, The Mix@SFPL, and juvenile hall. Click here to see her full bio.







Annie Rovzar, teaching artist at Hilltop and Sanchez Elementary. Click here to see her full bio.







Free Me Fast Open Mic & Workshops

December 21st, 2015 by Admin

Starting in January 2016, join us for a free workshop and open mic series at The Mix at the SFPL! Please share this amazing opportunity!





January 12- May 17, 2016

Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.

The Mix @ SFPL (2nd Floor)
100 Larkin Street
SF, CA 94102

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1myzJsg
The Mix @SFPL: http://themixatsfpl.org/events/writerscorps-free-me-fast

Open to ages 13-18

Weekly Free Me Fast Spoken Word Workshops are facilitated by teaching artists and accomplished performance poets Maddy Clifford and Sandra García Rivera. Students will generate creative writing, poems, and learn microphone and performance skills to stand up confidently to any microphone in the Bay Area and beyond.

First-timers and experienced poets welcome. Bring new or old poems to the workshop, or just bring a willingness to write, and step up to the mic.

JAN. 26TH | FEB. 23RD | MAR. 22ND | APR. 26TH | MAY 24TH


The Open Mic will be hosted by students and guest artists, and each reader/performer can share up to two pieces.



Any questions? Email hello@writerscorps.org or call 415-252-2221.



WritersCorps @ Howard Zinn Boook Fair, November 15

October 19th, 2015 by Admin

Join WriterCorps at our panel discussion at the 2nd Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair 2015: A Celebration Of People’s Historyzinn-12x18jpg2-1WC

WritersCorps: Creative Writing as Liberatory Education

San Francisco’s WritersCorps program has been empowering youth through creative writing for 20 years by placing writers in schools, community programs, and juvenile hall for 3-year-long writing residencies. This panel discussion will focus on using creative writing with youth as a liberatory, and even transgressive, educational method.

The panel of three current WritersCorps teaching artists – Sandra Garcia Rivera, Harold Terezón, and Annie Rovzar – will be moderated by WritersCorps training coordinator Minna Dubin. Panelists will discuss techniques they use in their workshops, including how they teach information through interactive, non-traditional practices, ways they honor varying experiences in a group, and how they hold and acknowledge intense emotions in the classroom. We will have some great resources and free merchandise to give away.

Please stop by our WritersCorps information table.

WHAT: WritersCorps: Creative Writing as Liberatory Education

WHEN: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 11am-12pm

LOCATION: James Baldwin Room [panel discussion]

City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus

1125 Valencia St, SF

COST: Free and open to the public!

FB Invite: Click here.



Book fair hours: 10am – 6pm

Book fair poster designed by Fernando Marti


WritersCorps at Lit Crawl 2015 October 17

September 21st, 2015 by Admin

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Hear from our writers-in-residence and youth writers during our reading at Lit Crawl, an annual evening of literary events on Saturday, October 17th. Teens welcome!

WHAT: Young & Made: WritersCorps Youth & Teaching Artists

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:15-8:15 p.m. (Phase Two)
Scholar Match
849 Valencia Street (Between 19th & 20th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Click here to download a map.

COST: Free!



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WritersCorps teaching artists and youth will read together.

Maddy Clifford writes and performs across the genres of page poetry, spoken word, and rap. She has performed on the historic Apollo Theatre stage.

Sandra García Rivera is the author of two chapbooks. She curates and hosts the monthly bilingual literary series Lunada at Galería de la Raza.

Roseli Ilano is an educator and cultural worker who integrates creative writing, storytelling, and arts into youth programming.

Annie Rovzar holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco and is passionate about work that connects creative writing and social good.

Harold Terezón is a poet and educator from Pacoima, CA, and is working on his first collection of poetry, Hunting Izotes.

Where to Find ‘Street Heart: Love Poems to the Mission Murals’

July 9th, 2015 by Admin

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This pocket-sized book takes you on a tour of San Francisco’s famed Mission murals through the eyes of young poets.

Our 4th and 5th graders from Sanchez Elementary worked with WritersCorps teaching artist Annie Rovzar to write poems inspired by the vibrant murals and the stories they conveyed.

In a city and neighborhood increasingly threatened by the cultural erasure that is gentrification, these poems — in conversation with the artworks that inspired them — bear witness to the historical and cultural roots of the Mission. A map is included should you want to take a walking tour of the murals.

Check out these great, recent reviews in: El TecoloteSan Francisco Chronicle, and Mission Local.

Available now at our online store and at the following local businesses in San Francisco:

Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative, 3130 24th St, 94110
Artillery Apparel Gallery, 2751 24th St, 94110
Foxglove, 3043 24th St, 94110
Luz de Luna, 3182 24th St, 94110
Mission Praxis, 3047 24th St, 94110
Modern Times Bookstore Collective, 2919 24th St, 94110
Precita Eyes Mural Arts, 2981 24th St, 94110

Cafe Sophie, 3463 16th St, 94114

Hayes Valley
Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, 94102

Noe Valley
Folio Books, 3957 24th St, SF CA 94114

The Richmond
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St, 94118 (coming soon to this location)


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