In The Postcard

August 19th, 2015 by Admin

In The Postcard

In this exercise students also use both literal and metaphorical imagery.

1. Bring in a selection of postcards with interesting images.

2. Ask students to select one that intrigues them.

3. Ask them to describe the colors, people, animals, or actions in the postcard.

You might prepare a list of questions, such as:

  • What is happening?
  • What is about to happen?
  • Where are you?
  • What can you see, hear, smell, and touch?
  • Who else is there with you?
  • What do you wish would happen?
  • What don’t you want to happen?
  • What can you see in the story that you can’t see in the picture (what is hidden)?

Adapted from the WritersCorps publication “Jump Write In!

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.

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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WritersCorps poster, Juvenile Justice Center
Cover art by Joshua Mays


WritersCorps poster, College Track San Francisco
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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WritersCorps Wordstorm — May 20

May 6th, 2015 by Admin


Part open mic, part arts and literary fair, WordStorm is our year-end event where students come together to create, share and inspire each other. At WordStorm, we’ll also unveil all the books, albums, films, posters and other projects our students have created throughout the year.

WHATWritersCorps WordStorm: A Celebration of New Writing

WHEN: May 20, 3:30- 6:00 p.m.

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

COST: Free

Visit our Facebook event page:

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

Audio recordings of poems read by our students:

Event photos by Andria Lo


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