Mission

Write Local inspires young writers to think creatively and innovate locally. Based in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, we empower Westmoreland County writers by amplifying their voices and fostering their natural desire to mold the world.

What is a “young writer?” At Write Local, we define “young” as a person who considers him/herself a novice or student of the craft. Published authors and unpublished authors alike enjoy Write Local’s open approach to the writing process. That’s why we work with writers of all ages. Typically, our youngest students are 6 and our oldest are 99! Whether you love to write or are overwhelmed by the process, we have an option for you. Our workshop facilitators are knowledgeable, approachable, and kind, and our goal is for you to have a positive experience with the creative process.

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Why writing?
Why local?

Research

Our mission, vision, and approach rely on research about community literacy programs, the link between creativity and innovation, and the principles of successful arts programs. For your convenience, we have compiled a brief list of research.

  1. The Harvard Family Research Project calls for complimentary learning. Their research suggests that supplemental programs-  like those offered by Write Local – aid in childhood success.
  2. The Wallace Foundation’s in-depth report discusses principles for successful after-school arts programs.
  3. 826 National’s 2012-2013 Annual Report shares proven methods for a successful community writing program; 826 is a featured organization in the Wallace Foundation report.
  4. Carnegie Mellon University professor Dr. Linda Flower wrote an excellent bibliography that compiles articles and books about community literacy programs.
  5. The National Endowment for the Arts released a report by Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa that discusses how creative local people drive entrepreneurial activity.
  6. The National Writing Project facilitated a project in which two dozen Georgia teachers studied how writing builds community.
  7. The Journal of Enterprising Culture features research about the role of creativity in entrepreneurship.