Creating captivating stories with riveting narratives can be challenging for many writers, yet in most cases the bigger challenge comes in getting that work published. However, one distinct group of young Sacramento area authors has found publishing success thanks to a youth literacy program that empowers students.
On May 15, a team of high school students attending Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) court and community school programs hosted a book release party to celebrate the launch of three anthologies of essays and short stories that they authored under the guidance of 916 INK, a non-profit organization that offers a 12-session creative writing workshop, helping students unlock their writing and literacy potential.
At the celebration, the students read selections from the books and signed copies for parents and guests. The books featuring SCOE student work are titled: Wild, Broken Dreams; Roots of Roses; and Rage and Hope.
Community schools provide an alternative educational program for students from various Sacramento County school districts who have been expelled or display behavioral problems. Court schools provide public education for juveniles who are incarcerated in facilities run by the county probation department.
Since 2001, 916 INK has published close to 60 books featuring the work of Sacramento-area students. The workshop series leads to a professionally designed anthology of essays and short stories by the young writers. 916 INK is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Award Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, with support from the City and County of Sacramento.
The three books will be available for purchase online.