Many writers admit that the most challenging part of the writing profession is getting published. A talented group of young Sacramento area authors has found publishing success, though, thanks to a youth literacy program that empowers students.
Students attending Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) programs attended a book release party today to celebrate the launch of two publications: Strong Words and Open Minds and Urban Science: Through Our Eyes. Both are anthologies of essays and short stories they authored under the guidance of 916 Ink, a non-profit organization that offers a creative writing workshop which helps students unlock their writing and literacy potential. Students and advisors read selections from the books.
“Words are powerful—your words are powerful,” 916 Ink Executive Director Ian Hadley reminded the students. The young authors are enrolled in SCOE’s CARE Intervention Program at Wilson C. Riles Middle School (Center Unified), Mitchell Middle School (Folsom Cordova Unified), Foothills High School (Twin Rivers), and El Centro Jr./Sr. High School (Youth Detention Facility).
Since 2001, 916 Ink has been working with Sacramento-area students. In the program, students work on writing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction with 916 Ink staff and volunteers. 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.
Books will be available for purchase online.