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Teaching Conceptual Thought, Self-Esteem and
Language Fluency through Creative Writing

WHAT WE DO AND WHY

At Writing Through, we believe that today’s world demands more from its citizens than an ability to parrot information. Engaged and contributing citizens of the world need to be able to think conceptually and critically, to know what they believe and have the confidence and poise to be able to stand up and say it in their own voices. These skills, which are so crucial to intellectual enrichment and personal advancement, are not skills traditionally taught in many school systems, but Writing Through aims to remedy this failure of education within some of the world’s most at-risk populations. We know that creative language training and exposure to the arts creates new perspectives and opens minds. Opened minds lead to self-esteem. The combination of conceptual thinking, language skills and self-esteem are some key antidotes to poverty and corruption. At Writing Through, we save minds, one poem, one story at a time.

Writing through uses a unique pedagogy focusing on creative writing of poetry and stories in English. We break down barriers between student and teacher while establishing mutual respect, thus creating a safe space for learning which encourages students to think in new ways, investigating and sharing their dreams and experiences. Our process includes a specially designed format of themes, prompts, brainstorming, presentation skills and other bespoke techniques.

Workshops are run by fluent English speaking facilitators trained by Writing Through, with the in-class assistance of a local teacher with advanced knowledge of English who is generally a staff member of the participating school or NGO. This supports our goal of long-term sustainability through local teacher training. Our program can be adapted to students with a wide range of English facility.

Highlights

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Workshops in 2 countries
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Poems & stories written
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Fully trained facilitators
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What Others Say

I learned how to read and talk to a public in English, with a microphone, and how to stand well and control my gesture. I learned self-confidence. Sue told me that with confidence, we can do what we think we can’t. I also learned to work in a team, while we did the group brainstorming. Please do it again!

A student, Enfants du Mekong

For the first time, I can write a story by myself and I understand well what do I have to think about initially before writing it down. I think that writing a story makes us be able to think.

A student, Anjali House

The creative writing workshop is a good program. It helps me to understand and know lots of things everywhere all over the world. This makes me be happy

A student, Anjali House
For all our students, Writing Through workshops has been an incredible experience! English is a real challenge for most of our students. Most of them thought they would not able to write any stories or poem in English. After 5 days only, the result is amazing. By using their own creativity and inspiration, thanks to the talent of the facilitator, they were able to present to the group their own story, with pride and self confidence. Writing Through is, more than anything, a self esteem workshop!
Claude Colombie, Sala Baï Program Director
I had the pleasure to be actively involved in the Creative Writing Workshops in 2013, and to see the result of the workshops in 2014. At both times I was amazed about the creativity and communication skills the students managed to show. Sue triggers the students to use their imagination and gives them the trust that everyone can be a writer or poet. I consider the boost these workshops and the final presentation give to the students’ confidence as one of the best parts of the program.
Young Adult Program Coordinator, Anjali House
I didn’t know before what to expect from the workshop, and I have to say, I was even a little bit afraid that the English level of our students would be too low to make it really work. But Sue made the best come out of them, starting with confidence, and they really impressed me and themselves with great stories and poems!
Coordinateur des programmes de parrainage, Enfants du Mekong
Ms. Guiney was able to provide each student with valuable guidance and feedback, and the workshop was met with rave reviews from students and faculty alike.
Voices from Siem Reap December 2014 Newsletter, Caring for Cambodia

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