Writers’ Room Program
A stand-alone classroom within a Boston Public School building, the 826 Boston Writers' Room Program can catalyze a culture of creativity and writing for an entire school.Photo by Gretjen Helene Photography
Located at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, 826 Boston’s Writers’ Room is a collaborative project with Northeastern University’s Writing Program. With Northeastern’s help, the Writers’ Room provides classroom support for writing assignments throughout the school day, in addition to holding after-school activities and clubs ranging from a slam poetry team to a student-run literary journal, Rubix.
Check out the Writers’ Room blog for more information.
826 Boston opened its second Writers’ Room in September of 2016 at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester. Support from the Calderwood Writing Initiative, the Boston Globe Foundation, Clipper Ship Foundation, Liberty Mutual Education Initiative, the Ludcke Foundation, State Street Foundation, and the Wellington Management Foundation made this project possible.
In addition to whole-class visits and drop-in writing assistance, the Writers’ Room at the Burke boasts extracurricular activities such as a slam poetry team and a student journalism organization working to revive the long-dormant school newspaper.
Led by 826 Boston In-School Program Manager Nakia Hill and service member support through the Massachusetts Service Alliance Commonwealth Corps program, the Writers’ Room will serve each of the more than 400 students at the school over the course of its first year.
The 826 Boston Writers’ Room at the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) School will launch in September of 2017. We are currently hiring a Writers’ Room Coordinator for the project. Read more about it here.
The BTU project will be the first 826 Boston Writers’ Room in an elementary/middle school, and 826 Boston is excited to work with students at an earlier stage to inspire creativity, improve writing skills, and support teachers in their important work. To volunteer in the Writers’ Room, attend a volunteer info session. Find out more about volunteering here.
826 Boston partners with Boston Public Schools to establish Writers’ Rooms. We are committed to opening and operating at least six Writers’ Rooms by 2021, as part of our strategic plan for growth.
If you’re interested in setting up a Writers’ Room in your school, please email April Bo Wang, 826 Boston’s Education Director.