Creative Writing for Educators, Counselors, and Community Workers
“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives,” begins Audre Lorde’s landmark essay “Poetry is Not a Luxury.” For those of us in education, social services, and community work, sometimes writing down our own stories does seem like a luxury, especially when we must often put the needs and stories of our students, clients, and communities first. Many of us have compelling stories around why we do the work that we do. Some of us come from the same marginalized communities we work with. This workshop creates a supportive space to find inspiration in relevant and powerful essays and poems, share around the challenges of our work, and dedicate time to our own healing and narratives.
Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative. We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.
Who Should Register?
Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who have been underrepresented in it due to cost, racism, immigration status, language access, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that these voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.
These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.
Previous Students Say
- "Supportive Environment"
- "Inspired Me to Write More"
- Generate New Work
- Class Discussion
- In-Class Writing
- In-Class Writing Prompts
- Short Fiction
- Book-Length Memoir