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Mighty Writers
"“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou

The mission of Mighty Writers (MW) is to teach Philadelphia kids ages 7 to 17 to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life. To write with clarity, you have to think clearly first. When you think clearly, you make smart decisions. Make enough smart decisions, self esteem soars and success follows. We make every child feel welcomed, celebrated and Mighty by creating communities that are supportive, nurturing and striving.

At Mighty Writers, we offer daily afterschool academies, long- and short-term writing classes nights and weekends, teen scholar programs, mentorships, College Prep courses and college essay writing classes.
All our programs are free to Philadelphia students.
Over 300 of the city’s best creative minds (writers. teachers, journalists, etc.) teach and mentor some 2,500 kids at Mighty Writers annually.
Our Mighty Writer centers are located in four Philadelphia neighborhoods:
MW El Futuro, 1025 S. 9th St.
MW North, 1801 Diamond St.
MW South, 1501 Christian St.
MW West, 3861 Lancaster Ave.
Stop by and see us."
writing  education  philadelphia  826  lcproject  openstudioproject  teaching 
april 2017 by robertogreco
Why American novelists don’t deserve the Nobel Prize -
"An American hasn't won in 20 years. The Academy finds our writers insular and self-involved -- and they're right"

"As Bret Anthony Johnson, the director of the creative writing program at Harvard, noted in a recent Atlantic essay, our focus on the self will be our literary downfall, depriving literature of the oxygen on which it thrives: “Fiction brings with it an obligation to rise past the base level, to transcend the limitations of fact and history, and proceed skyward.” This sentiment is a sibling to Wallace’s anger — and both have a predecessor in T.S. Eliot’s 1919 essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” where he called art “a continual extinction of personality.”"
alexandernazaryan  us  literature  novelists  writing  politics  books  nobel  2011  self-involved  insularity  jonathansafranfoer  joycecaroloates  johnupdike  thomaspynchon  philiproth  cormacmccarthy  dondelillo  davidfosterwallace  daveeggers  bretanthonyjohnson  jhumpalahiri  amytan  aleksanderhemon  826  ralphellison  tonimorrison 
october 2011 by robertogreco
826 on 8/26 | Be an 826 student for a day!
"In honor of 8/26 Week and National Youth Literacy Day, we invite you to try your hand at writing projects like those we might offer to students at our eight nonprofit writing and tutoring centers. Go ahead, dip your pen in some ink and give it a go! We’ll be publishing our favorite entries daily, so check back shortly to look for your name in print, and share it with the world. And, as further enticement, authors of our favorite entries of the week will receive a totebag full of 826 goodies. On your mark… Get set… Write!"
writing  creativewriting  classideas  826  haiku  poetry  shortstories  veryshortstories  news 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Austin Bat Cave
"Austin Bat Cave is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides children and teenagers (ages 6-18) with opportunities to develop their creative and expository writing skills. We connect a diverse population of young writers and learners with a vibrant community of adult volunteers in Austin. All of our programs are free.

At ABC, we understand that public school teachers are the hardest-working people in town. With all our programs, we strive to be a resource, mobilizing volunteers to help teachers accomplish what they might not be able to accomplish on their own."
writing  reading  kids  826  nonprofit  austin  texas  lcproject  austinbatcave  teaching  learning  mentoring  nonprofits 
august 2011 by robertogreco
The Telling Room: the place where stories grow
"The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students’ stories. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success."
writing  education  maine  creative  stories  storytelling  nonprofit  lcproject  portland  youth  826  nonprofits 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Your Handbook for Building and Running a Young Writers Program « Conventioneers!
"This handbook aims to inspire you to build a free writing program for under-served youth in your community. It contains mostly instructions and resources, and is written out of my own experiences and research. I am a senior at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where I have concentrated on writing and education. For the past five months, I have been leading an after-school writing program at a middle school in Holyoke, a depressed urban area in western MA."
teaching  writing  tutoring  howto  826  lcproject  nonprofit  nonprofits 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Word in Progress
"We are a group of like-minded people, inspired enough by the example of 826 Valencia, the creative writing centre for young people in San Francisco, to explore the idea of setting up something similar in London. Having secured funding for the first six months to pilot the idea, and the support of a range of writers, educators, designers and volunteers, we’re on the way to opening. This blog charts our progress to find a location, set up a programme, and explore how a writing centre like this might make a difference in East London."
london  uk  activism  education  children  826  writing  lcproject  tcsnmy  via:thelibrarianedge 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Find Your Place in Space on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"I designed these 18x27 posters for the 826LA Echo Park Time Travel Mart. You can buy one at the mart or (soon) at" [set here:]
timetravel  826  826la  losangeles  posters  graphics  design  illustration  time  history 
july 2008 by robertogreco
TED | Talks | Dave Eggers: 2008 TED Prize wish: Once Upon a School (video)
"With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open their own volunteer-driven, wildly creative writing labs"
826  826valencia  daveeggers  mcsweeneys  ted  education  writing  tutoring  learning  lcproject  schools  teaching  nonprofit  activism  community  nonprofits 
march 2008 by robertogreco
"As promised, I'm ready to give you the low-down on yesterday's glamorous gala opening of the ECHO PARK TIME TRAVEL MART."
losangeles  826  826la  time  timetravel  shopping  humor  sciencefiction  scifi 
february 2008 by robertogreco
826 brings reading, writing and robots to Echo Park - Los Angeles Times
"This convenience store for time travelers, whose motto is "Whenever you are, we're already then," is the whimsical retail component of the new Echo Park 826LA"
826  losangeles  daveeggers  writing  tutoring  learning  lcproject  timetravel  time 
january 2008 by robertogreco
TED | TED Prize | 2008 Winner Dave Eggers
"When we think about kids and education, we have to get back to the basic undeniable that kids are individuals, they learn in a thousand ways, and there are undeniable steps to greater education for all: better salaries for teachers, smaller class sizes,
daveeggers  tedprize  826 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Nau: The Thought Kitchen - Nothing to See Here
"826CHI has 600+ volunteers...others range from 200-1400. Even lowest number seems staggering amount of free help for a little non-profit that tries to help kids reading & writing, but the more I come, the more I understand why people keep showing up."
826  chicago  lcproject  nonprofit  children  teaching  learning  creativity  reading  writing  volunteerism  nonprofits 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Nínive Clements Calegari: Spreading the Word About the Power of Words | Edutopia
"Cofounder of the 826 National writing centers, which tap local talent to provide one-on-one feedback for thousands of student writers and their teachers."
education  learning  lcproject  826 
september 2007 by robertogreco
The Boring Store: A Tour of 826CHI's Chicago Spy Shop - Chicago News by Medill reporters
"mysterious and often-times hilarious “secret agent supply store” known as “The Boring Store” that claims to be “the nation’s first exclusive supplier of holes...merchandise is specially labeled so that no one will ever know what you walk out
education  learning  tutoring  lcproject  gadgets  humor  826  826CHI  chicago  travel  enzo  design  spies  space 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Radical Craft: 2006 Art Center Design Conference - By Janet Abrams
"Eggers' initiative made one ponder whether radical innovation in school design is more likely to spring from designers and education policy makers, or from left field: from those with a passion for teaching and awakening the creative imagination."
design  schooldesign  schools  writing  space  children  alternative  lcproject  education  learning  826  826NYC  nyc 
april 2006 by robertogreco

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