“Intelligence plus character is the
goal of true education.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
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.
Photo is of Georgie Woods, iconic Philadelphia radio broadcaster.
“You can’t lose with the stuff we use!”
Andrea Adeshigbin, MW North
School: Arcadia University
My hometown: Philadelphia. I’ve never lived anywhere else. I went to Central High School, the second oldest high school in the country.
A Mighty Writers student who inspires me: Aniyah takes her time, but by the time she’s finished her writing pieces are works of art. She always strikes me as someone who tries to take it easy, something I am still trying to learn how to do.
Favorite thing I’ve written: I have been working on a novel since high school. It’s a labor of love and research. Let’s just say immortals meet Octavia Butler’s Kindred.
Cybil Sanzetenea, MW El Futuro
Occupation: Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher at Elkin Elementary
My hometown: I grew up in a small Long Island town with the ocean as my backyard. What’s interesting is that, though Port Jefferson may seem like an idyllic little beach town, it’s actually full of drama and intrigue.
A Grown-up Mighty writer who inspires me: Roald Dahl’s writing is the greatest pleasure on earth. I will never be tired of rereading The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, or The Twits.
Favorite thing I’ve written: My senior thesis was a children’s book. It tells the story of a boy in Bolivia who often visits a cemetery, the stray dog that watches him, and a very spirited fruit fly. I carved and printed all of the illustrations, and it was awesome.
Aileen Tschiderer, MW West
School: University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
My hometown: I moved to Philadelphia from Portland, Maine and recently learned about the whoopie pie feud that exists between Maine and Pennsylvania. Both claim to be the birthplace of the dessert and there’s a serious food fight between the two.
A Mighty Writer who inspires me: I have to pick one?! Really all Mighty Writers participants inspire me with their creativity, perspective, passion and insight.
My favorite thing I’ve written: In high school I wanted to join the school’s literary magazine but didn’t make the cut when I first interviewed. I was pretty upset. However, I loved writing, kept at it, and won the school’s poetry contest the next year. That poem is near to my heart because I’m proud of what I wrote and it showed me the value of perseverance.
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.
This summer, both classes (Session A & Session B) will run 24 sessions. Students must attend all classes, Monday through Thursday, to remain in good standing. Attendance at practice tests and parent session are required.
During the summer of 2014, six Mighty Writer students grades 4-7 wrote a gothic, urban story designed for younger children. The topic was one close to our heart: 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.
Purchase a hard copy, and support future books by Mighty Writers!
Authors: Aaron Armstrong, Serenity Baruzzini, Zakaa Cruse, Saamia Dingle, Jabari McKie, Katelyn Nguyen
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.