May 19th, 2016
Of course you do. You wouldn’t be Mighty otherwise.
Here’s the deal: We’re going to break the record for most kids writing at the same place at the same time. Our topic, “If I Were President…”
Two requirements: You have to be a Philly kid. And you have to be between seven and 17.
The date: Tuesday, July 26 at 10am.
Where: The steps of the Art Museum.
Students, sign up here!
December 7th, 2015
Kaiya (left) and Eniah (right) have been a part of Mighty Writers since September 2015. They participate in the MW Academy program at Mighty Writers South, 1501 Christian St. In the Academy, we write informative, persuasive, narrative and poetry. We do this all after school. It takes a Mighty big effort, and these girls come through every time. Here is a taste of what they’ve been working on this year.
How to Dance
By Eniah D., grade 4
You should stretch before you dance. Then, pick the kind of song: Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Point, Acro or Contemporary. Feel the music and make up a dance. Go over the dance one million times so that you won’t forget it. Get comfortable with your dance, maybe do a show in front of your family and friends. I’m pretty sure they will love it.
By Kaiya B., grade 5
Just a singer who wants to be tough,
Not trying to be mean, not trying to be rough,
I’m creative, unique, stylish and all that stuff
I’m special, no haters, ‘cause I had ENOUGH!!!
December 7th, 2015
Mighty Writers has won a prestigious 2015 Edward R, Murrow Award for an audio documentary titled GOING BLACK: THE LEGACY OF PHILLY SOUL RADIO.
GOING BLACK: THE LEGACY OF PHILLY SOUL RADIO, a two-hour audio documentary that aired on public radio stations around the country in 2014 and again in 2015, recaptured the glory days (1950—1979) of Black radio in Philadelphia.
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“Children make you want to start life over.”
December 6th, 2015
Profession: Freelance writer; adjunct, Temple University. I teach the Writing Humor class in the Journalism Department at Temple.
Been a volunteer since: 2012
What I do at MW: Once a week, I volunteer in the Academy program at MW South.
PLC is: Our “Professional Learning Community,” made up of Mighty Writers staff and volunteers. Our meetings are invigorating and instructive!
What we do in PLC: I learned different approaches to instructing Mighty Writers from a group of insightful, interesting and experienced professionals.
Quote I like: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.” — Mark Twain
November 12th, 2015
Christian Precise (photo above) is a junior at Masterman High School in Philadelphia and a longtime student at Mighty Writers. The following story recently appeared in her school newspaper.
Walls adorned with blown-up images of comic book superheroes, shelves stuffed with novels from writers of all walks of life and rooms bursting at the seams with the energy of children eager to learn how to write: this is Mighty Writers– a free Philadelphia writing program that teaches kids to think clearly and write with clarity.
Executive Director Tim Whitaker had big plans to tackle the illiteracy issue in Philadelphia when he opened a first location in 2009. Mighty Writers has grown rapidly from its roots six years ago and continues to expand. Today the program boasts 2500 students and over 300 volunteers.
The story continues >>>