WHAT WE DO AND WHY
Writing Through is an international educational U.S.-registered nonprofit which uses creative writing as a tool to develop thinking skills, language fluency, and self-esteem. Writing Through is non-sectarian and operates in all communities that can benefit from our work, creating spaces which aim to amplify every voice.
At Writing Through, we believe that today’s world benefits from engaged and contributing citizens who are able to think conceptually and critically, know what they believe, and have the confidence and poise to stand up and say it in their own voices. These skills, which are so crucial to intellectual enrichment and personal advancement, are not always taught in school systems. At Writing Through, we know that creative language training and exposure to the arts creates new perspectives and opens minds, and open minds lead to self-esteem. The combination of conceptual thinking, language skills and self-esteem will open minds, one poem, one story at a time.
Writing Through uses a unique pedagogy of in-person and online workshops, which focus on creative writing of poetry, stories, and journal entries. Workshops are conducted in English, and provided to the varied communities in our partner organizations. Our process includes a specially designed, unique format of proven techniques such as themes, prompts, brainstorming, and presentation skills. We break down barriers between student and teacher while establishing mutual respect, thus creating a safe space for learning that encourages students to think in new ways, investigating and sharing their dreams and experiences. Workshop Facilitators are trained by Writing Through and fluent in English. If workshop participants approach English as a second or third language, we utilize the in-class assistance of a local teacher with advanced knowledge of English. This supports our goal of long-term sustainability through local teacher training. In this way, our programs can be adapted to students with a wide range of English abilities.