Message from Our Board

November 20th, 2016


As a result of the vitriol expressed during the recent presidential campaign, many of the kids at Mighty Writers are scared and worried about what the future may have in store for them and their families.

We, the board of directors of Mighty Writers, share their concerns and adhere to one of the principal tenets of leadership: to make sure that those you lead are confident you’ve got their backs. And we want them–and you–to know that we do.


We also want all in the Mighty family to know that we are not only committed to teaching kids to think and write with clarity, but to provide safe and loving havens at all our locations.

We can’t do this without the generosity of our many donors. Our kids need Mighty Writers’ brilliant programs now more than ever. We hope we can count on your support.

With Mighty thanks and much gratitude,

Lyne Groome, Chair

Steve Cheifetz, Treasurer

Cintra Rodgers, Secretary

Amy Dudash

Jennifer Chapple Ingram

Jack Downes, MD

Eliza Gowen

Harry Groome

James Kindya

Ayana Lewis, Esq.

Nora Litz

Robin Mann

Mindy Mazer

John McClung

Franklyn L. Rodgers

Sam Stanton

James Wright


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September 26th, 2016


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Our Mighty Story

September 15th, 2016

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“… your program’s selection as one of the 50 finalists distinguishes [Mighty Writers] as one of the top arts-and-humanities-based programs in the country.”—President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Zadie Smith On Writing

September 3rd, 2016

1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.

2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.

3. Don’t romanticize your “vocation.” You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle.” All that matters is what you leave on the page.

4. Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.

5. Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.

6. Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.

7. Work on a computer that is disconnected from the Internet.

8. Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.

9. Don’t confuse honors with achievement.

10. Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand, but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied.


Mighty Quote

August 28th, 2016

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”

—Herman Melville

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August 25th, 2016


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A Mighty, Mighty Day

July 27th, 2016


July 26, 2016. 10am.

3000 Philly kids, ages seven to 17, writing.
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
photo: DJ Dilemma

“When they go low, we go high”

Mighty Volunteers

July 25th, 2016

Shanise Redmon 2016

Shanise Redmon

Hometown: Philadelphia

Profession: Graduate Student

Been a volunteer at MW since: 2013

What I do at MW: Workshop Instructor

Favorite authors: Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka

Last book I read: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Book I liked as a kid: As a little kid, anything by Shel Silverstein. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. As a teen, Native Son by Richard Wright, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey.

Quote I like: “Writing for me is control. Nobody tells me what to do. It’s mine. It’s free. It’s a way of thinking. It’s pure knowledge.” – Toni Morrison

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Michael Schaffer

Hometown: Havertown

Profession: Retired journalist. I was a writer and editor at The Inquirer for more than 30 years before retiring at the end of 2014.

Been a volunteer at MW since: July 2016

What I do at MW: I help the younger children with their homework and the older ones with their writing. I also have helped an eighth grader write an application essay for Central High School.

Favorite author: P.G. Wodehouse

Last book I read: “Cry, the Beloved Country,” by Alan Paton

Book I liked as a kid: The Hardy Boys series

Quote I like: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

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