“Take My Word For It!” is a word incubator—a place where kids can feel safe and supported while they grow as writers. Since 2005 they have been offering an innovative curriculum in after-school and community-based creative writing programs designed especially for young authors.
During the 2012-13 school year, I taught three 8-week classes for 4th-6th graders at Sonoma Mountain Elementary and McNear Elementary in Petaluma, Ca. Each class culminated in a public reading at Copperfield's Books, our local independent bookstore. As a teacher, I value community education as a means of promoting literacy and empowerment through creative expression.
Read excerpts of student writing on paper-pencil--pen or on the "Take My Word For It!" blog.