826NYC hosts classes across New York City for Write Together: an interactive writing experience that encourages creative expression, explore the elements of storytelling and strengthens writing skills. Elementary and middle school classes collaborate on illustrated children’s books, and high schoolers learn the art of memoir writing during a fast-paced and whimsical 90-minute narrative program.
The Write Together program is staying virtual for the 2021-2022 school year, and we will continue to bring the magic and excitement of storytelling right to your classroom! Classes participating in the Storytelling & Bookmaking field trip will even receive an 826NYC Publication Kit in advance of your field trip, to take your students’ stories from the screen right into their hands. Fill out the application form above and we’ll reach out regarding scheduling.
Program Fees: In the 2021-2022 school year, Write Together trips will be $100 for Title I schools, and $250 for all other schools.
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All the ways we can write together:
Storytelling & Bookmaking
Grades 1 – 8
Students will, as a class, pen a brand new, totally original story. With the help of 826NYC’s staff and volunteer storytellers, the class will create a new character, give the story a setting, and write as a group until the story reaches the climax. Then, students will write their own endings to the story. Each student leaves as a newly-minted published author, with their very own copy of the group’s book.
What’s Your Story? Memoir Field Trip
Grades 9 – 12
It’s never too early to start your memoir! Students explore storytelling through a nonfiction lens. Students explore a colorful array of approaches to the genre (from Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” to Beyonce’s Formation), then dive into telling their own stories. By the end of the program, students will have produced a class anthology of mini-memoirs in prose and poetry — a great first step towards a stunning personal statement for college and scholarship applications!