Arts, Culture, and Humanities

D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, Inc.

  • Washington, DC
  • www.dccww.org

Mission Statement

The D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, based at Charles Hart Middle School in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast D.C., unites parents, teachers and professional writers-in-residence to transform the lives of at-risk youth through the joy of self-expression and the power of the written word.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. In-class and afterschool creative writing
Service Areas

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District of Columbia

We serve children aged 8-18 in Ward 8 of the District of Columbia. 99% of our students are African American and nearly all are in very low income households.

ruling year

2000

Executive Director since 2000

Self-reported

Nancy Schwalb

Keywords

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creative writing, youth, poetry, education, arts, children, poverty, after-school, drama, theater, reading, writing, literacy, literature, at-risk, inner-city, culture, d.c., dc, tolerance, holocaust education, teens, middle school, high school, southeast, washington, classic, classics, literary magazine

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Also Known As

DCCWW

EIN

52-2221613

 Number

4635934054

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Our programs serve nearly 500 children and youth each year and operate October through June. The D.C. Creative Writing Workshop's writers-in-residence work with English teachers at Hart Middle School, Simon Elementary, and Ballou High School to provide intensive in-class instruction to students in all grades. The Workshop also offers three days a week of after-school activities at Hart Middle. The Writing Club has developed a city-wide reputation for excellence, consistently fielding award winners in local and national contests. Our Writing Club youth work on various projects throughout the year; writing original poems, short stories, essays and journals about visual art, history, music, and their lives. Students read and discuss the works of writers, study poetic forms, and master literary devices. They maintain individual creative writing portfolios. Further, they develop their speaking skills through spoken word exercises and public readings. Our Literary Magazine Program at Hart publishes the nation's first inner-city public middle school literary magazine, hArtworks. Ballou publishes "Voice of the Knight" and Simon publishes "Simon Says." The Drama Program produces an original student play each year, based on a work of Classical Greek theater. Hart and Ballou students see at least seven professional theatrical productions each year at the Arena Stage and the Shakespeare Theatre. Further, they enjoy visits from actors, technical crew, and playwrights, learning a variety of drama skills. Our Reading Resource Center allows students to choose from a lending library of over 2,000 books, and provides each user with one volume to keep at the end of the school year. We also provide a Teaching Tolerance Through Literature curriculum to 50 students each year, combining two trips to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum with an intensive study of period literature, allowing students to respond creatively to the ethical issues raised.

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Budget

Program 2

In-class and afterschool creative writing

Founded in 2000, the Workshop has given over 7,500 students their first experience with the literary arts and taken hundreds to see their first play. While our program is housed (free of charge) in a Hart Middle School classroom, we are open to all children in the Ward 8 area aged 8 to 18, and many of our students come from other schools.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Blacks

Budget

$180,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

We serve children aged 8-18 in Ward 8 of the District of Columbia. 99% of our students are African American and nearly all are in very low income households.

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DC CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, Inc.

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Executive Director

Nancy Schwalb

BIO

Nancy Schwalb is the founder and Executive Director/Artistic Director of the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop. She has an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University and has been teaching creative writing at Hart Middle School since 1995. Her work has been published in the GW Review, the Washington City Paper, Vanity Fair, Barragua, Argus, and the English Journal. She has served as a teaching fellow for the Kennedy Center, is a six-time Larry Neal Award winner, won the 2002 “Shayne" NonProfit Leadership Award, and was honored as a "Local Hero" by the Bank of America Foundation in 2011. Schwalb also founded the Youth Poetry Slam League.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, based in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast D.C., unites parents, teachers and professional writers-in-residence to transform the lives of youth through self-expression and the power of the written word."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John Cotman

Professor, Howard University

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