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.
May 28th, 2014 by Admin
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.
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!
Carol Maria Daniels
Sarah Debra Finley
Susan Clifford Jamroski
Franklin C. Lee
Tyese M. Wortham
May 13th, 2014 by Admin
The school year is going to be over before we know it, which means it’s almost time for WordStorm! Part open mic, part literary fair, WordStorm is our huge end-of-the-year event where our students from all of our sites come together to create, share and inspire each other.
WHAT: WritersCorps WordStorm: A Celebration of New Writing
WHERE: San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street (@ Grove)
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room (lower level) for literary carnival
Koret Auditorium (lower level) for reading
WHEN: May 14, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Literary Carnival (with workshops and activities): 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Student Reading: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
PUBLIC TRANSIT: Muni Lines 5, 19, 21, 43, 49; Civic Center BART and Muni Metro
Thank you to Rainbow Grocery Cooperative: A Worker Owned Collective for supporting WritersCorps’ student events.
April 8th, 2014 by Admin
We’re raising funds to send creative writing journals to youth in jails across America. Won’t you join us?
Last spring, we created a journal for our students in juvenile hall called Words Within the Walls. The idea for the journal came about when students asked us for paper to write on during their free time. But as any writer know, it can be hard to get started with a blank page. The journal is full of writing prompts, poems by students, and lined pages and offers ways to spark ideas and encourage creative self-expression. Our first print run was a hit and praised by students and educators alike. Now we’re raising funds to reprint the journal and make it available to youth in lock-up facilities everywhere. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to print 5,000 journals to send them to 35 organizations and juvenile hall schools. Click here to learn more about the journal and to make a pledge. Illustration based on a photo by Katharine Gin