Mighty Quote of the Day

January 2nd, 2017

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

—Martin Luther King Jr.

One Book, One Philadelphia at Mighty Writers

November 20th, 2016

Thanks to this year’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection, each of our MW sites is reading & talking about curiosity, mysteries & autism!

Will you read with us?

El Futuro – Can You Solve It? (ages 7-17)
Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-8pm
MW El Futuro 1025. S. 9th Street.
Main character Christopher, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, sees the world through a series of puzzles. In this workshop, we’ll investigate mysteries, and solve puzzles and create our own riddles! All participants receive a copy of the novel.

Sign up here.

MW West – The Curious Incident (ages 10-17)
Friday, Feb. 10, 6-8pm
MW West, 3861 Lancaster Ave
Calling all Sherlock Holmes and mystery novel lovers! Join us as we read passages and create our own short stories inspired by the “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” All participants receive a copy of the novel.

Sign up here.

MW North – The Investigation (ages 11-15)
Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-7:30pm
MW North, 2123 N. Gratz Street.
We learn from Christopher, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, that there are many ways to interpret the world. Join us as we read a few chapters & talk observation skills, logic, and life! Maybe we’ll even solve the murder mystery! All participants receive a copy of the novel.

Sign up here.

MW South – Who Stole the Cookie? (ages 7-9)
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2:00-3:30pm
MW South, 1501 Christian Street
We’ll follow the steps of 15-year-old Christopher to create and solve a mystery! Scavenger-hunt style, we’ll discover who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. The first six people to sign up will get a copy of “Temple Grandin” a girl with autism who different outlook helps her to do great things!

Sign up here.

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

You’re Invited to Workshop Leader Boot Camp

November 18th, 2016

Workshop Leader Boot Camp
Thurs., Jan. 19, 6-7:30pm
MW North, 2123 N. Gratz St.
Past, present and aspiring workshop leaders from all MW sites are invited to join us for a how-to session on everything writing workshop. We’ll learn about how to plan, how to support kids at different stages of the writing process and how to create engaging activities for every age. RSVP to facilitator Shamira O’Neal at soneal@mightywriters.org.

Mighty Volunteers

November 16th, 2016

Micah Markray
Hometown: Nolensville, TN
Profession: Author/Illustrator
Been A Volunteer at MW since: June 2015
What I Do at MW: Mentor
Favorite Author: Avi
Last Book I Read: Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
Book I Liked as A Kid: Hidden Talents by David Lubar
Quote I Like: “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

Lila Gordon
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Profession: student at Temple University
Been a volunteer at MW since: 2015
What I do at MW: I come once a week and help the participants with their writing. I am also newly a mentor to the wonderful Guyana.
Favorite author: I have many favorites, but I particularly like Stephen King and Ann Patchett.
Last book I read: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (totally recommend)
Book I liked as a kid: Where the Red Fern Grows
Quote I like: “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.” – John Steinbeck “East of Eden”

Vivian Lubin
Hometown:  New York City
Profession:  Retired university administrator
Been a volunteer at MW since:  September 2014
What I do at MW:  I volunteer as an Academy Assistant for the 3-5 grade group every Tuesday
Favorite author:  I don’t have a favorite author, but of all the books I have read in the last few years, my favorite was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Last book I read:  Peacekeeping by Mischa Berlinski
Book I liked as a kid: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Quote I like:  “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank

Patricia Madej
Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
Profession: Writer/Web Producer for PhillyVoice
Been a volunteer at MW since: September 2016
What I do at MW: I help the students at El Futuro as a Mighty Tutor. One of my favorite parts of my week is walking into the building and hearing the kids shout, “Miss Pat!”
Favorite author: David Sedaris
Last book I read: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
Book I liked as a kid: Junie B. Jones series
Quote I like: “Keep typing until it turns into writing.” – David Carr

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September 26th, 2016


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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

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.



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