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Looking to get your student in a 916 Ink program? Click here for more information about drop-in programming and other 916 Ink opportunities.

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Are you an organization or school looking for a unique way to engage your clients/students? Find out more about partnering with 916 Ink here!

Write with Ink

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We believe the answer to Sacramento’s literacy crisis is to engage youth with the literary arts and empower them to love language and stories, thereby making youth more likely to want to read and write more, which will help them excel in life.

The writing workshops are generative, creative, and inspiring. Students listen, write, and share stories in a supportive and confidence-boosting environment. Fundamentally, we use a model called Project-Based Learning because it fuels our belief that youth can collaborate, make creative decisions, and work toward completing a goal of publication by engaging in the writing, editorial, and revising process. Youth excel when given opportunities to be stakeholders in their own education.

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Opportunities

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Amplify! Summer Camp

  • Amplify Your Voice Summer Camps serve 60-90 elementary school students in South Sacramento with an intensive arts education experience, transforming them into published authors, fostering improved academic skills and producing one professional anthology of student work.

  • Students will have opportunities to engage with local artists in music, performance and fine arts to explore different storytelling methods!

Word Squad: After-School Program

Imaginarium Field Trips

  • 916 Ink offers a 3.5 hour creative writing field trip experience for grades K-12 in our Imaginarium creative writing space located at 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA.

  • Students will enter the 916 Ink Imaginarium where they will explore a world designed to excite and inspire their creative resources!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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    How do I get my child involved with 916 Ink?

    916 Ink partners with local schools and community partners to administer our workshops throughout Sacramento.  For parents whose school is not hosting a program, you can sign your child up for our Word Squad (our drop in afterschool program) or Amplify! Summer Camps.

    Where are 916 Ink Workshops held?

    Currently 916 Ink hosts 30 workshops annually at schools throughout the Sacramento Region.  For a complete list, click here.  Word Squad and Amplify! Summer Camp programs are held at our primary location in the Maple Community Center - 3301 37th Ave Sacramento, CA.

    What age groups does 916 Ink serve?

    916 Ink has three separate workshop series curricula: “What’s Your Story?” (3rd to 5th grades) Fictionauts (6th through 8th grades), and Find your Voice (9th through 12th grades).  Word Squad After School program and Amplify! Summer Camps are open to all ages, but youth may be divided up by age to ensure appropriate instruction from time to time.

    How long is a 916 Ink workshop series?

    Our typical school-based workshop series is 10 -14 weeks long, meeting once per week for 1-2 hours.  Word Squad After School Program is a yearlong program where students meet once per week for 4 hours a session.  Amplify! Summer Camp is a full day weeklong workshop repeating 3 times throughout July and August.

    How much does it cost?

    We strive to make all of our programming available for free or at low cost for parents.  School Based Workshops and Word Squad are 100% free to the public.  Amplify! Summer Camp uses a sliding scale based on family income to determine the cost of participation.

    Can I bring 916 Ink programming to my child’s school?

    We are committed to engaging with all schools in the Sacramento area who are interested in hosting a 916 Ink program.  Though most of our programming is grant funded, we also have the ability to provide programs to schools via our fee for service model.  To learn more, contact Justin Self -  Justin@916ink.org.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Who can host a 916 Ink Program?

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    Any school or child/youth serving organization can host a 916 Ink workshop.  Most of our workshops are grant funded, but we have the ability to provide programs to schools via our fee for service model.  To learn more, contact Justin Self -  Justin@916ink.org.

    What Schools/Organizations host 916 Ink Programs currently?

    Currently 916 Ink hosts 30 workshops annually at schools and community organizations throughout the Sacramento Region.  For a complete list, click here. 

    What age groups does 916 Ink serve?

    916 Ink has three separate workshop series curricula: “What’s Your Story?” (3rd to 5th grades) Fictionauts (6th through 8th grades), and Find your Voice (9th through 12th grades). 

    How long is a 916 Ink workshop series?

    Our typical school-based workshop series is 10 -14 weeks long, meeting once per week for 1-2 hours. 

    What are the requirements of hosting a 916 Ink Program?

    Minimum number of attendees to ensure a successful program is 10 youth, through a group of 15-20 is ideal.  Our facilitators conduct the workshops independently, but a teacher or other staff person is required to be on site at all times. 

    How can I bring 916 Ink to my School/Organization?

    Fill out the form below!

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    Find Your Voice

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    A 14-session workshop led by a 916 Ink trained Wordslinger for 9th through 12th graders. This program provides poignant writing prompts and lessons intended to promote personal empowerment, build self-confidence, a love for the written word, and academic engagement.

    Find Your Voice workshops end with a professionally designed anthology of
    selected work by the youth writers and a book release party with readings from the youth
    authors.

    By the end of each “Find Your Voice” program, each student will have:
    Received 21+ hours of literary arts instruction
    Published up to 5 pieces of poetry or prose.
    Feel empowered to tell their story and change their narrative for better outcomes.
    87% of inkers demonstrate improved attitudes toward writing
    70% of inkers look forward to writing down their ideas
    60% of inkers believe the stories that they can tell matter to others
    84% of Inkers demonstrate in terms of social and emotional development
    78% of inkers believe they are good at using their imagination
    77% of inkers enjoy meeting people who are different than them.

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    Fictionauts: Adventures in Storytelling

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    A 10 session workshop led by a 916 Ink trained Wordslinger for 6th-8th graders. This program provides whimsical writing prompts and lessons intended to promote a love of reading and writing, self-confidence, academic engagement and interpersonal skills.

    Fictionaut workshops end with a professionally designed anthology of selected work by the youth writers and a book release party with readings from the youth authors.

    By the end of each “Fictionauts” middle-school program, each student will have:
    Received 15+ hours of literary arts instruction
    Published up to 5 pieces of poetry or prose.
    Feel empowered to tell their story and change their narrative for better outcomes.
    87% of inkers demonstrate improved attitudes toward writing
    70% of inkers look forward to writing down their ideas
    60% of inkers believe the stories that they can tell matter to others

    84% of Inkers demonstrate in terms of social and emotional development
    78% of inkers believe they are good at using their imagination
    77% of inkers enjoy meeting people who are different than them.

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    Amplify! Summer Camp

    Amplify Your Voice Summer Camp will take place in The Imaginarium, a whimsical creative writing space located in South Sacramento at the Maple Neighborhood Center, Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-5:30pm. The workshops are generative, creative, and inspiring. Students listen, write, and share stories in a supportive and confidence-boosting environment.

    Session 1: July 9-13, 2018

    Session 2: July 16-20, 2018

    Session 3: July 23-27, 2018

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    Word Squad

    2018 SPRING SESSION
    January 18th-April 12th
    Thursdays 3pm -7pm

    *March 29th - closed for spring break

    If you have any questions about the program, please call us at (916) 826-7323.

    A drop in after school program, held in the  Imaginarium at 3301 37th Avenue Sacramento, CA, is led by 916 Ink trained Wordslingers and is open to children and youth grades 3-12. This program provides whimsical writing prompts and lessons to promote literacy skills, self-confidence, social-emotional development and a sense of wonder.


    Word Squad sessions end with a professionally designed anthology of selected work by the youth writers and a book release party with readings from the youth authors.

    87% of inkers demonstrate improved attitudes toward writing
    70% of inkers look forward to writing down their ideas
    60% of inkers believe the stories that they can tell matter to others
    84% of Inkers demonstrate in terms of social and emotional development
    78% of inkers believe they are good at using their imagination
    77% of inkers enjoy meeting people who are different than them.

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    What's Your Story

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    An 8 session workshop led by a 916 Ink trained Wordslinger for 3rd-5th graders. This program provides whimsical writing prompts and lessons to promote literacy skills, self-confidence, social-emotional development and a sense of wonder.

    What's Your Story workshops end with a professionally designed anthology of selected work by the youth writers and a book release party with readings from the youth authors.

    By the end of each “What's Your Story” elementary program, each student will have:
    Received 15+ hours of literary arts instruction
    Published up to 5 pieces of poetry or prose.
    Feel empowered to tell their story and change their narrative for better outcomes.

    87% of inkers demonstrate improved attitudes toward writing
    70% of inkers look forward to writing down their ideas
    60% of inkers believe the stories that they can tell matter to others
    84% of Inkers demonstrate in terms of social and emotional development
    78% of inkers believe they are good at using their imagination
    77% of inkers enjoy meeting people who are different than them.

    With help from the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Inspire Giving committee, we opened the magical 916 Ink “Imaginarium.” It’s a wonderful space to inspire creativity and teach youth how writing and speaking their voices can create positive change in their personal and academic life. This bastion of creativity hosts 916 Ink drop-in creative writing classes, book-making field trips for elementary school children, whimsical summer camps, and community meetings. The Imaginarium is located at 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA.

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    Request a Rental

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    916 Ink is pleased to announce that we are once again offering open enrollment for rising 4th- 6th grade students to Amplify Your Voice Summer Creative Writing Camps to help your student
    improve their writing and reading skills while having fun this Summer!

    Session Dates

    July 9-13, 2018: 8:30am - 5:30pm

    July 16-20, 2018: 8:30am - 5:30pm

    July 23-27, 2018: 8:30am - 5:30pm

    Please select the appropriate package below, if you have any questions please feel free to call (916) 826-7323

    *Camp attendance is FREE to students residing within the Building Healthy Communities neighborhood boundaries shown below. Students residing outside the Building Healthy Communities neighborhood boundaries may apply for a scholarship to attend. Otherwise the cost is $250.

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    Each morning, students will participate in two writing sessions, learning to edit and polish their work for publication and work as a team to help design their book cover with our professional graphic design team. During the afternoon sessions students will participate in kinetic activities to spark creativity and imagination for further storytelling, and will be introduced to local guest teaching artists who will work with the students on alternative storytelling methods in music, performance and fine art.

    Lastly, we publish a professional book and throw a book release party approximately 5 weeks after the summer camp, where students are celebrated by their teachers, family, and friends. Each student receives two free books and each book is available for sale online.

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    2018 SPRING SESSION

    Open to All Grade Levels 3rd-12th

    January 18th-April 12th

    Thursdays 3pm -7pm

    *March 29th - closed for spring break

    All of our Word Squad Sessions will be held in 916 Ink's "Imaginarium," at 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA.

    Students in 916 Ink's after-school creative writing club will:

    • Learn to write poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction

    • Learn how to give and receive positive feedback and encouragement

    • Polish, edit and revise their work for publication 

    • Become a published author in a professionally-produced book of student work
      (Each student receives two free copies of their book.)

    • Have the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills in front of friends and family at a book release and reading party

    Bring your Class to the Imaginarium!

    916 Ink offers a 3.5 hour creative writing field trip experience for grades K-12 in our Imaginarium creative writing space located at 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA.

    Students will enter the 916 Ink Imaginarium where they will explore a world designed to excite and inspire their creative resources.

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    After a brief orientation about 916 Ink and its methodologies, students will embark on a journey through the creative process, ending as they transform into published authors.

    During the first portion of their visit, students will learn the elements of poetry by way of a group creative writing prompt designed to tap into their imaginations. Students will have the opportunity to share their contribution to a final group poem with their peers in a positive environment, free of criticism.

    After the first 90 minutes of programming, students will break for a sack lunch (weather permitting in our picnic area/writer’s garden).

    Field Trip Logistics:

    35 students per visit (maximum)

    Perfect for all ages (K-12)

    Arrival: 9:30am

    Departure: 1:00 pm

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    During the second portion of the field trip, students will learn the elements of story by way of a group creative writing prompt encouraging them to write a piece of fiction together. They will also begin the final stages of becoming a published author.

    With the aid of the 916 Ink Wordslinger and Inspirators, students will be walked through the revision process as they get a piece as perfect for publication as possible.

    Teachers will be present but not required to participate during the workshop, a workspace will be made available for teacher use while the students participate in the program. Additional chaperones will not be required for this field trip.

    One month after the field trip, 916 Ink staff will arrive at the school with copies of their anthology. Each published author receives TWO FREE COPIES of the zine (staple-bound book). The school-site will receive five copies.