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)
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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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2015 Site Pubs & Merchandise

June 10th, 2015 by Admin

We’ve updated our online store with new books and merchandise!

Thanks to all of our amazing students who we had the honor of working with this year: Sanchez Elementary School, International Studies Academy, the San Francisco Public Library, College Track-San Francisco, Oasis For Girls, and the Juvenile Justice Center.

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Cover art by Joshua Mays


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Cover art by Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski


New t-shirt design and tote bag illustrated by local artist Andy Statmiller.

Fresh Off the Press: Our 2015 Publications

May 18th, 2015 by Admin

Check out our 2015 WritersCorps publications created by students from Sanchez Elementary School, International Studies Academy, the San Francisco Public Library, College Track-San Francisco, and the Juvenile Justice Center. We unveiled these amazing publications at our 2015 year-end event, WritersCorps WordStorm: A Celebration of Student Writing.

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(Left) A tour of the Mission murals through the eyes of young poets. Teaching artist: Annie Rovzar

(Right) Anthology of student writings about the journey of adolescence. Teaching artist: Sandra Garcia Rivera
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(Left) Sci-fi and fantasy stories, and the art and writing activities that inspired them. Teaching artist: Rose Tully.

(Right) Chapbook with poems that express the emotions, creativity, dreams, and challenges faced by incarcerated youth. Teaching artist: Maddy Clifford
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(Left) Postcard series created by Oasis For Girls students using metaphor, imagery and hand-lettering to create their unique postcard story. Teaching artist: Rose Tully

(Right) Chapbook that highlights the struggles and triumphs of being a teen through the lens of How To poems. Teaching artist: Maddy Clifford



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