Our workshops put students of different races, religions, and backgrounds around a table and encourage them to open up and share with one another in a respectful and cooperative way. They write about their vulnerabilities, insecurities, fears, aspirations, and everything in between, then openly share them with their peers. 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 incarcerated at Youth Detention Facilities.
916 Ink is Sacramento’s arts-based creative writing nonprofit that provides workshops for Sacramento area youth, ages 6-18, 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 opened the doors to its incredible creative writing center, The Imaginarium, in 2015. This unique space allows all who enter a whimsical world of positive reinforcement, personal growth 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.
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.
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.