Student authors participating in this year’s Young Writers Program projects will read at this exciting event at Bookshop Santa Cruz! Come hear student authors read their favorite paragraph or two of their own writing. Schools participating include Branciforte Middle School, Brook Knoll Elementary, DeWitt Anderson High School, New Brighton Middle School and participants in the Young Writers Program ‘s Word Lab.
Co-sponsored by Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Young Writers Program brings community volunteers into grade 4-12 classrooms to work on teacher-initiated writing projects. Student writing is then professionally published and made available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and other local bookstores.
The Young Writers Program is dedicated to Santa Cruz County students in grades 4-12 and their teachers in building students’ writing skills and confidence. The Young Writers Program is grassroots and we’re passionate about writing. What began in the fall of 2012 with an In-Classroom Program has expanded into three more programs: a Dedicated Writing Room Program, the Hablamos Juntos project, and an After-School Writing Center—The Word Lab– at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.
The Young Writers Program began in 2012 and has worked steadily (and successfully!) to support students in their writing. Organizationally sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, for the first four years it was a project of Santa Cruz Writes, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing literary opportunities for Santa Cruz County residents. Santa Cruz Writes was co-founded by Jory Post, Julia Chiapella, and Karen Ackland. Beginning initially with an In-Classroom Project, the Young Writers Program added a Dedicated Writing Room Project, an After-School Writing Center Project (the Word Lab), and partnered with Museo Eduardo Carrillo to create the Hablamos Juntos Project. With its tremendous growth, the Young Writers Program became its own non-profit in 2016, fiscally sponsored by the Arts Council Santa Cruz County.
This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up an hour before the event begins.