The Sacramento based group, 916 Ink, is currently holding a 12 week workshop for improving literacy on Thursdays at Colonial Heights Library  from 4:00-5:45 pm in the community room.

Colonial Heights library

Colonial Heights library

Young writers in between the ages of 9 to 14 are being trained by 916 Ink to become published authors.  When they arrive to community room, they enjoy delicious snacks and water before the workshop begins.

After snacks, writers sit around the center of the room at a square table. The atmosphere in the community room can be quite tense at the beginning, but not after Masta Complaina surprises everyone with his guest appearance.

Masta is a publisher and editor that is looking to publish books.  Looking ridiculous, he spoke in a thick accent and broke the ice with his silliness.

These youth writers, after laughing, volunteered themselves to have a one on one discussion with Masta Complaina in the corner of the room. Masta Complaina told each writer that they have a chance to become a published author. Writers who met with Masta Complaina read their stories and received revisions and helpful tips on how to become a better writer.

Youth writer at the square table participated in an exercise, reading a short easy-to-read passage, and then passing the reading opportunity left to right after each sentence.   After finishing the passage, each reader was given the sentence they read and were told to transform the chosen sentence into a story.

That’s a process which the workshop used a lot giving young writers a passage to read as a group, select the same sentence they read and to transform it into their story.  It was a successful method; and these young writers felt encouraged to write because of the creativity being promoted.

“I like coming here to the workshop,” said a youth writer who wished to remain anonymous. “I think you should definitely come out here and check it out. I [am] only in 5th grade and I like coming here to write. It helps me improve my writing.”

“This program… help[s] them positively develop their confidence as writers,” says Susan Bloom, E 916 Ink’s workshop co-coordinator.

If you’re looking for a safe and fun place to improve your literacy skills, check out 916 Ink 9th workshop next Thursday Colonial Height Library during 4:00-5:45 pm.

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