“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 we have been offering our innovative curriculum through after-school and community-based creative writing programs.
We've found that even as early as third grade, kids believe they aren't strong writers or that writing isn't fun. We've designed classes to foster a positive relationship to writing that kids can carry into their professional lives. Research shows that 77% of professions require writing. "Take My Word For It!"'s mission is to make writing an adventure and to help kids feel comfortable with written communication of all kinds.
Absolutely not! We pride ourselves on converting reluctant writers into enthusiastic ones and strive to meet each child where they are.
The Common Core standards put an emphasis on three different kinds of writing: argument/opinion, informative/explanatory and narrative. Our classes allow students to not only explore these forms, but to experiment, without worrying about tests and other constraints. Comfort with formulating ideas in words, combined with a positive association with writing, better prepares kids for mastering the Common Core.
You can sign up our classes here. (Please note: some schools require parents to register through them; please see your school's after-school enrichment policies for details.)
At the end of each session, our young authors have the thrill of sharing their writing out loud at our readings for parents and friends. With permission, their work is also featured on our blog & our Facebook page.
Our programs are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern Virginia, Boston and Chicago.