Mighty Writers http://www.mightywriters.org Mighty Writers teaches kids to think clearly and write with clarity. Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:06:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Our Mighty Video http://www.mightywriters.org/2017/04/mighty-quote-of-the-day-139/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:26:08 +0000 http://www.mightywriters.org/?p=29658

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Produced by Mighty Writers in 2014 and narrated by legendary Philadelphia music producer Kenny Gamble, GOING BLACK: THE LEGACY OF PHILLY SOUL RADIO, is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning documentary on the history of Black radio in Philadelphia. We’re pleased to offer it here.

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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 http://www.mightywriters.org/2016/09/no-nonsense-rules-for-writing/ Sun, 04 Sep 2016 01:17:26 +0000 http://www.mightywriters.org/?p=16946

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.


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To donate books to one of our Mighty Writers locations, please contact our staff to arrange a drop-off time.

MW South, 1501 Christian St.
Jamila Thompkins-Bigelow, jtbigelow@mightywriters.org

MW West, 3861 Lancaster Ave.
Khalia Robinson, krobinson@mightywriters.org

MW North, 1801 Diamond Street
Amy Banegas, abanegas@mightywriters.org

MW El Futuro, 1025 S. 9th St.
Madeline Karp, mkarp@mightywriters.org


Mighty Volunteers http://www.mightywriters.org/2016/08/mighty-volunteers-2/ Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:42:33 +0000 http://www.mightywriters.org/?p=41063 Collin Bradley at Mighty Writers North

Hometown: Media, PA

Profession: Student

Been a volunteer at MW since: January 2017

What I do at MW: Help out any way I can.

Favorite author: Dan Simmons (Hyperion)

Last book I read: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book I liked as a kid: Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Quote I like: “Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.” — Maori proverb

Jonathan A. Gaev at MW El Futuro

Hometown:  Philadelphia PA

Profession:  Engineer

Been a volunteer at MW since:  November 2016

What I do at MW:  Tutor (all subjects-I am probably best in Math and Science)

Favorite Author:  Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Idiot is my favorite book); Albert Camus is a close second (The Stranger and The Fall).

Last Book I read:  The Third Eye (Di san zhi yanjing) in “easy to read” Chinese.  Last book in English was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.  Currently reading La Novia Oscura by Laura Restrepo (in Spanish)

Book I liked as a kid:  White Fang by Jack London

Quote I like:  “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” — Louis Pasteur

Maggie Schepcaro at MW South

Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts

Profession: Paralegal

Been a volunteer at MW since: November 2016

What I do at MW: I get to be a part of the students’ writing process in all its steps, which means helping with school assignments that exercise their writing tools, playing games to clear their minds, participating in inspiring writing lessons, and assisting them in the writing their own thoughts.

Favorite author: Virginia Woolf

Last book I read: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Book I liked as a kid: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Quote I like: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard

A Mighty, Mighty Day http://www.mightywriters.org/2016/07/a-mighty-mighty-day/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:03:46 +0000 http://www.mightywriters.org/?p=40403 MW PHOTO DILEMMA

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”