Why writing?

Write Local believes that creative people who love home build strong local communities. That’s why we teach the “creative thinking process” which includes imagining, ideating, creating, and rethinking. Our unique approach to writing fosters community, inspires imagination, and encourages experimentation. Plus, our approach relies on extensive research on successful after-school arts programs.

The Method

-Energetic, donated spaces like coffee shops, art galleries, and libraries inspire our writers.
-Personalized, caring mentorship from trained volunteers gives young writers confidence.
-Write Local writers gain the necessary communication tools to turn their ideas into written realities.
-Write Local writers imagine fictional worlds and reimagine actual worlds, a skill which helps them to become change-agents.
-Write Local writers find inspiration in their own backyards and find the wonder in their own towns.
-Write Local writers play with media and writing forms.

Our students write by hand. Unless we’re playing with digital writing forms, you’ll write by hand in a Write Local workshop. Here’s why.

The Programs

Write Local provides multiple programs including Creative Thinking Events (writing workshops), in-school sessions, publishing, contests, and writer toolkits. Our goal is to provide writers with a space where they can gain confidence in their own ideas and to give them the tools they need to express themselves.

The Research

Write Local believes that written communication is extremely important, especially considering data regarding literacy. Unfortunately, the most recent government data available to us about Westmoreland County literacy is from 2003. Even so, from that data we know that 9% of Westmoreland County adult residents lacked basic prose literacy skills, with “basic” defined as skills necessary to perform everyday literacy activities such as using a TV guide or comparing ticket prices between two events. Write Local fights illiteracy from the ground up by providing free and low cost opportunities to residents. For more information on this study, please visit the National Assessment of Adult Literacy.