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Start With Art, Jump Into Writing, Selby Lane Elementary School, Redwood City, CA

Our Program

We bring our workshops to individual classrooms, after school programs, libraries and other organizations that support children and youth.  The main goal of everything we do is to take the mystery out of writing, while encouraging young people to ask rigorous, genuine questions driven by their aspirations and life experiences.

Every workshop is grounded in the four “Cs”: critical thinking, co-communication, collaboration, and creativity.  Each curriculum is also aligned with the National Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, as well as National Visual and Performing Arts Sandards. 

JIW incorporates best practices to support minority and disadvantaged youth.  Students engage in authentic learning activities, grounded in their personal experiences while addressing gaps in knowledge and skills.

What Happens?

Teaching artists and writing mentors guide students through generating their own ideas around themes and genres.  In the process, they discover how to think more deeply about the writing process and themselves.   Opportunities to publish and perform are also included.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Softky at




Familiar stories and fairy tales inspire young writers in gradesTK – 2nd Grade.  This workshop also aims to generate a positive attitude towards writing in the context of a purposeful, enjoyable and respectful learning environment.

Jump Into Writing

Participants in grades 2 – 6 learn to write and communicate with confidence, while having fun and building community.  They learn to generate their own ideas,  and find their voice through exploring fiction, autobiography, human interest storytelling, poetry, visual arts and other mediums.

Write/NOW – Your Stories, Your Way

Teens are encourage to move away from rigid writing formulas to become effective, flexible communication problem solvers who’ll have the tools to address the writing and public speaking challenges they’ll encounter throughout their lives.

Start With Art

For all grades – Student create art that not only scaffolds their writing, but also bolsters higher-level thinking skills and supports reading comprehension.

Bringing Balance to Literacy Instruction

National Common Core State Standards – Anchor Standards, English Language Arts

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary texts to support analysis, and reflection.



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