This month, people around the country are honing their wordsmithing skills for National Novel Writing Month. But here at Case Western Reserve University, a group of students is helping Cleveland-area children do that year round.
The Young Writers of Cleveland engages youth in writing by producing a magazine full of content created by those in kindergarten through high school. Full of a variety of writing forms—including poetry, plays, pieces about the students’ lives and more—the magazine is published twice a year, with the goal of inspiring children by seeing their words in print. Artwork also is included.
Launched in fall 2016 and approved by the University Media Board in March 2017, members of the organization work with teachers and tutoring programs to garner submissions for each magazine. While the team doesn’t often work directly with youth, they occasionally will visit a class or program to help the students with their writing.
Students from the Cleveland area can submit their work through the Young Writers of Cleveland website or through the mail. Check the website to see the latest edition and be on the lookout for copies of the magazine around campus.