916 Ink is Sacramento’s arts-based creative writing nonprofit that provides workshops for Sacramento area youth, grades 3-12, in order to transform them into confident writers and published authors. Our workshops increase literacy skills, improve vocabulary, teach empathy, positively impact social and emotional learning, and expand communication skills.


916 Ink wants to create readers by fostering a love of language, oral, and/or written. By its nature, writing is a curious act that involves human connection and empathy. Instilling a curiosity in the power of stories in a young person can lead them to take charge of their life and change their narrative by becoming the heroes in their own story. We don’t just make students better readers and writers. We make them more open and honest communicators.

Since 2010, we have transformed over 3000 young people in the greater Sacramento region into published authors. 916 Ink has published over 100 professional anthologies of student work. We also seek to serve at-risk or vulnerable youth including those in foster care, those who are experiencing homelessness, or those who are involved in the juvenile justice system.


916 Ink opened the doors to its whimsical creative writing center, The Imaginarium, in 2015.  This unique space allows all who enter a world of imagination, storytelling, and a love for the written word.  On any given day, 916 Ink’s dedicated staff can be found facilitating transformative workshops in the Imaginarium, in the classroom, or in conjunction with community partners throughout Sacramento.

By transforming youth into published authors, we create lifelong readers, articulate communicators, and self-confident youth writers who know the power of their own story.

Impact & Accolades

- Published over 3,000 youth writers in over 100 professional books

- Received over 8,000 hours of in-kind time by our team of amazing volunteers

- Awarded the Inspire Giving Grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 2015

- Won the "Arts Make it Happen" Endowment from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

- Opened the whimsical 916 Ink Imaginarium in the closed down Maple Elementary School

- Won the People's Choice Award and Coaches Award at Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch Program

- Co-founded the Walk 4 Literacy Coalition