Apply Now for Oasis For Girls Workshop

August 26th, 2014 by Admin


Applications are now open for our fall workshop at Oasis For Girls. Our CREATE arts education program emphasizes the development of creative writing skills toward improved academic performance and healthy self expression. The program is open to ages 14 to 17 and participants will earn $300 to $500 depending on their tenure in the program. To apply (and learn more about Oasis For Girls’ other awesome programs), visit the Oasis For Girls site here. (Application link is on the upper right-hand corner) Applications are due September 5.

Oasis For Girls fall 2014 program dates are: Tuesday, September 23rd – Thursday, December 4th, 2014

CREATE Arts Education Program meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

This is Where: Posters on the Muni T Line

June 25th, 2014 by Admin

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We are thrilled to present This is Where: Poems on Place and Memory. This poster series will be on display on Muni’s T-Third Street Line light rail platforms in Bayview Hunters Point from mid June to August 2014. The posters feature poem excerpts by seven youth, ages 14 to 17, who participated in WritersCorps workshops at College Track San Francisco, an educational nonprofit based in Bayview Hunters Point. The teens wrote about memories tied to specific places in San Francisco, many of them in the Bayview. These poems are not just memories, they are maps. They tell the histories of our young people, the history of right now. See all the posters here.

Free Me Fast: Voices From Inside SF’s Juvenile Justice Center

May 30th, 2014 by Admin

WritersCorps is proud to present Free Me Fast, an album of poems by students at San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice Center. The album was created by WritersCorps teaching artist Maddy Clifford, who writes, “The students housed at Juvenile Hall hail from many different neighborhoods throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area. Yet, all of them have one thing in common: the challenging task of doing time. Every Friday, I taught five creative writing classes, trying my absolute best to invite young folks to engage in the power of the written and spoken word. The experienced challenged me to be a better teacher, artist, performer and human. In the end, their jokes, dreams, fears and insights resonated with me. It is my hope that these pieces celebrate the urgent voices of incarcerated youth, not just in the Bay Area, but throughout the entire country!”

This album features 10 poems by students at JJC, over custom instrumental accompaniment by Kevin Carnes of the Broun Fellinis. Special thanks to Constance Walker, Kevin Carnes, Jeff Lawrence, De’la, Chhoti Maa and the youth participants! Feel free to listen, comment and share the album, available digitally now on Soundcloud. CDs are available in our online store.

Hot Off the Press

May 28th, 2014 by Admin

2014 Books Each school year we publish the best of our students’ work in special year-end projects. Our latest books, poster series, and more are now being added to our online store. Get them while they’re hot off the press! All proceeds benefit our free student programming.

Thank You to our Words Within the Walls Supporters

May 25th, 2014 by Admin


Our 30-day Indiegogo campaign is complete! A huge thank you to everyone who supported us in our endeavor to print and send journals to incarcerated youth across the country.

Thank you for donating and for spreading the word in a myriad of ways. We are truly grateful.

Below is a list of all the folks who donated to the campaign. Also, thank you to all the anonymous donors — you know who you are!


Miguel Abad
Glad Allman
Virginia Barrett
Zachary Bloom
Elizabeth Boyd
Dinge Bretsen
Ocean Capewell
Cath Casburn
J.P. Chan
S. Charren
Fumiko Chino
Tricia Choi
A&J Chopra
Carol Maria Daniels
Andrew Decker
Minna Dubin
Murray Dubin
Suzette Duncan
Christopher Fan
Glori Feliciano
Sarah Debra Finley
Erin Gravely
Leah Greenberg
Marla Greenwald
Jessica Henderson
Michelle Higgins
Emily Hung
Susan Ito
Susan Clifford Jamroski
Amanda Kaplan
Rick Kitagawa
Annette Koh
Lisa Ko
Karen Lausa
Franklin C. Lee
Lisa Lee
Stef Liang
Ursula Liang
Ruth Morgan
Zoe Mullery
Kimberley Nelson
Vincent Pan
Andres Rios
Libby Rosof
Brenda Shaughnessy
Margaret Shiffler
Jessica Silverman
Peggy Simmons
Lindsey Stone
Robynn Takayama
Judith Tannenbaum
Bonnie Tsui
Will Tupper
Madge Woods
Tyese M. Wortham


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