February 11th, 2017

“Intelligence plus character is the
goal of true education.”

—Martin Luther King Jr.

Philly Soul Radio, 1950—’79

February 9th, 2017


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.


“You can’t lose with the stuff we use!”

Talking Fake News at MW

November 22nd, 2016

At Mighty Writers, young writers in our Academy and Scholars programs are armed with the knowledge to differentiate between real and fake news, and everything in between: entertainment, propaganda & more! Sign up below.

Fake News Finders (ages 10 to 14)
Mon.-Thurs., 4:00-6:00pm
Feb. 27-Mar. 23 (16 sessions)
This workshop will take place at 3861 Lancaster Ave
Okay news sleuths, it’s time to tell the truth! I’m sure we all agree that the media significantly influences our lives. From TV to radio, magazines to newspapers, and social engines on the Internet, we are constantly saturated with stories. With the capability to create “news” at everyone’s fingertips, how do we know when the source is factual, fake or propaganda? Instructors: Annette John-Hall & Christina Rissell
Apply here.

Looking for Liars (ages 12 to 17)
Mon. to Thurs., 4:00-6:00pm
Mar. 27 – Apr. 27, 2017 (16 sessions)
This workshop will take place at 3861 Lancaster Ave
We just couldn’t get enough of finding fake news! Now, we continue our journalism journey with Checkology!, an online learning platform that teaches us the tricks of the journalism trade. Answer questions, earn points, move-up levels, and unlock tools of productivity! Instructors: Annette John-Hall & Christina Rissell
Apply here.

Mighty Volunteers

November 20th, 2016

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

SAT Prep Schedule, Summer 2017

November 19th, 2016


Mighty SAT Prep course is free and open to rising juniors and seniors in Philadelphia. All students must interview and show evidence of commitment in order to be considered for the program. The Prep program will cover the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sections of the SAT. If students are interested in receiving additional feedback on their SAT essays, one-on-one mentorships can be arranged through our Program Director.

SAT Prep Schedule, Summer 2017

This summer, both classes (Session A & Session B) will run 24 class sessions. Students must attend all classes, Monday through Thursday, in order to remain in good standing. Attendance at both practice tests and one parent session are required.

PRACTICE TEST 1: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 8am-12pm


Monday, July 10 through Thursday, August 17, 2017

Session A: 10:00am-12:00pm

Session B: 12:00-2:00pm

PRACTICE TEST 2: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 8am-12pm

PARENT SESSION: Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:00-7:30pm


The Case of the Stolen Painting and the Horrible Bully

November 1st, 2016

During the summer of 2014, six Mighty Writers in grades 4-7 wrote a gothic, urban book designed for younger children. The topic was one close to our hearts at the time: bullying. Less than two years later, with the support of illustrator Amy Scheideggar of the Artistic Rebuttal Project, we held the book in our hands.

It was worth the wait. Now, we’re thrilled to share it with YOU, Philly teachers, families and kids. Download a FREE pdf of our book here.

LOVE it a lot? Purchase a hard copy, and support future books by Mighty Writers!

We hope you like it.

Aaron Armstrong
Serenity Baruzzini
Zakaa Cruse
Saamia Dingle
Jabari McKie
Katelyn Nguyen

Write Makes Might

September 26th, 2016


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—Muhammad Ali

Our Mighty Story

September 15th, 2016

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