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, as we do every year during Black History Month.

Listen here.


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

Historietas de emigración ilustradas

November 22nd, 2016

Historietas de emigración ilustradas
Para los alumnos de Filadelfia de 7 a 17 años
sábados, 3:30PM – 5:30PM
25 de febrero – 1 de abril (6 sesiones)
Esta clase está en 1025 S. 9th St.
En estos momentos y con tantas noticias emotivas sobre migración?, te has de preguntar, ¿qué se puede hacer acerca de éste tema? ?Cuanta tu historia haciendo un libro de comics. En este taller, crearemos comics que hablen sobre las noticias de migración y el impacto que estas noticias tienen en nosotros. Instructor: Nora Litz con artistas de comics invitadas
Aplicar aquí.

Historietas de emigración ilustradas VOLANTE

Illustrated Migration Stories
For Philadelphia students ages 7 to 17
Saturday, 3:30-5:30pm
Feb. 25; Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25; Apr. 1 (six sessions)
This workshop will take place at 1025 S. 9th St.
With all the emotional news about immigration these days, you may be asking yourself: What can I do about it? Tell us your immigration story through a comic book! In this workshop, we’ll create comics that discuss immigration news and its impact on our communities. Instructor: Nora Litz with guest comic artists
Apply here.

Illustrated Migration Stories FLIER

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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September 15th, 2016

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