Might Makes Write

September 26th, 2016

“Forever is composed of nows.” 

—Emily Dickinson

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

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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


3000 Philly kids, ages seven to 17, writing.
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
July 26, 2016. 10am.
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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Mighty Yoga 2015

Pia Crawford-Silva (that’s her, in the back on the right side)

Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut

Profession: Yoga Teacher, Administrative Assistant

Been a volunteer at MW since: 2013

What I do at MW: Teach yoga/writing workshops

Favorite author: Vladimir Nabokov

Last book I read: Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami

Book I liked as a kid: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

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Donna Miller Headshot

Donna C. Miller

Hometown:  Jenkintown

Profession: Historic Interpreter, Book Designer

Been a volunteer at MW since: 2014

What I do: Assist some workshops, lead others. I am honored to be honored, but humbled because it is the kids who deserve every honor.

Favorite author: Neal Stephenson

Last book I read: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Book I liked as a kid: The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Quote I like: “I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.” ― P.G. Wodehouse

Donna Miller Workshop pic

December 11th, 2015

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