WritersCorps WordStorm 2016 – May 2

April 21st, 2016 by Admin

8_5x11_flyer_WS_2016 CPart literary carnival, part open mic, WordStorm is our year-end celebration of all the amazing work our students have done over the past year. At this event, youth will share their inspiring work, have fun, and rock the mic!

Students of all ages are invited to craft, write, and share their year-end work with one another in a fun, pizza-filled event.

WHATWritersCorps WordStorm: A Celebration of New Writing

WHERE: San Francisco Main Public Library, Lower Level
100 Larkin Street at Grove Street

WHEN: May 2, 3:315- 6:00 p.m.
3:15 – 4:45 p.m. - Workshops and activities @ Latino Hispanic Room
4:45 – 6:00 p.m. - Open Mic @ Koret Auditorium

COST: Free!

Visit our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/547369672110192/

LISTEN to some of our WritersCorps students read their poems at The Mix at SFPL recording studio: Click here

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Muni Lines 5, 19, 21, 43, 49; Civic Center BART and Muni Metro

WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant

March 31st, 2016 by Admin

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Dear WritersCorps Community,

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence  grant application and guidelines are now posted on the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) website.

About the WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant is a three year grant, renewed annually, that provides support to individual teaching artists to offer free, long-term, in-depth literacy–focused arts workshops to youth at San Francisco community sites. Sites may include in-school or after-school classes and must include complementary programming with a neighborhood branch of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). The communities prioritized by the grant may include, but are not limited to, youth who are low-income, impacted by the justice system, pregnant or parenting teens, and/or English language learners.

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant will support teaching artists with a proven track record of working with the proposed youth population to deliver high quality programming. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) will provide a multiyear grant award to cultivate a deep collaboration between a literary teaching artist and a community-based organization or school. The SFAC will provide technical assistance and professional development for the teaching artist. These activities will include periodic meetings with the grantee cohort and occasional learning institutes for mutual support and shared learning. The grant prioritizes funding for teaching artists with experience to be effective in the community they propose to serve.

Click here to read more about the WCTAIR grant and download the FY2016-2017 WritersCorps Application & Guidelines.

Click here to read more about the WCTAIR grant technical assistance workshops available in April and May 2016.

Click here to read SFAC’s letter to the community about WritersCorps changing from a direct service program to a teaching artist grants program.

Applications are due via email to sfac.grants@sfgov.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016.

For specific questions about the WCTAIR grant, contact Community Investments Program Officer Liz Ozol at liz.ozol@sfgov.org or 415-252-2231.

Announcement: WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grants program

March 18th, 2016 by Admin

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Dear WritersCorps Community,

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is pleased to announce that WritersCorps will be changing from a direct service program to a teaching artist grants program in response to the San Francisco Arts Commission’s strategic plan. The SFAC convened key stakeholders to consider how best to honor and retain the legacy of WritersCorps; it was critical to us that we uphold and maintain the values that the program has embodied as it evolves into its next iteration.

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grants model provides an exciting opportunity to retain the most important aspects of WritersCorps. The grant will include support for livable wages for teaching artists, cohort learning, and community-centered residencies for in- and after-school sites and libraries in San Francisco. The grants will also offer three-year commitments to provide the long-term, in-depth programming that is the cornerstone of the WritersCorps model. WritersCorps’ City funding partners—Department of Children, Youth and Their Families and the San Francisco Public Library—have a sustained commitment to and enthusiastically support the program’s new design.

Building on the incredible legacy of WritersCorps, the new grants strategy will enable the San Francisco Arts Commission to support teaching artists in their work developing the literacy and creative writing skills of young people.

Please stay tuned as SFAC will be posting grant guidelines in March 2016. For the time being, the WritersCorps website will continue to provide program updates. For more information about the San Francisco Arts Commission, click here. If you have any questions, please contact SFAC’s Community Investments Program Director Judy Nemzoff at judy.nemzoff@sfgov.org or 415-252-2227.

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support of WritersCorps.

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. To receive advance tickets, click here.

Visit our Facebook page: Click here

Check out our You Tube channel to see our students shine! Click here

Press Release: Click here

Chinaka Hodge Headshot

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 “MADlines” Clifford is a WritersCorps teaching artist at College Track SF, The Mix@SFPL, and juvenile hall. She is a Hip-Hop artist, writer and educator. Aside from independently releasing three music projects and opening for Souls of Mischief, Maddy also holds an MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from Mills College.  She’s facilitated hundreds of literary arts workshops throughout the Bay Area. For the past three years she has been teaching as a Poet in Residence at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center, a short-term youth detention facility for the city and county of San Francisco. This work has given her the opportunity to publish student writing, collaborate with artists in the community and celebrate the voices and stories of incarcerated kids.  In 2015, Maddy served as Hip-Hop Ambassador to Uganda through the Next Level Program, a project of the U.S. Department of State and the University of North Carolina. This experience allowed her to travel to Africa to engage in person-to-person diplomacy with young people in Kampala.  Whether Maddy is writing, performing or coaxing kids into the creative process, her goal is to leave an indelible footprint in a shifting cultural landscape, one in which young people’s dreams for peace can take root.


Annie Rovzar is a Writers Corps teaching artist in her third year at the Hilltop School for Pregnant Teens and Sanchez Elementary. In the past, she has taught creative writing at the University of San Francisco and English composition and poetry at San Quentin State Prison through the Prison University Project. Annie is a lifelong explorer, and spent a year and a half in El Salvador as a student and community coordinator for the Casa de solidaridad program. She credits her first awakening to the healing practice of storytelling to the Salvadorans she met there and their testimonies of life during and after the Civil War. She has also twice walked the Camino de Santiago, the 500-mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco, and is currently working on a manuscript of poetry based on her experiences walking.







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.