Word Shop inspires young writers

There’s more to writing than texting, and students at Rosary Cathedral School, Queen Apostles School, and Wildwood Environmental Academy will learn firsthand when they participate in WordShop this school year.  This program of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way offers one-on-one writing instruction for kids to learn creative writing skills, by using field trips and themed workshops.

With the goal of encouraging students to produce writing projects of exceptional quality, WordShop works to support classroom teachers in  developing writing skills. Trained volunteers visit classrooms weekly or monthly to work with students learning to express themselves in writing. Field trips to local cultural sites, including the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, the Metroparks and the Toledo Museum of Art, will provide inspiration for wonderful plots and characters as each student works to produce a personally illustrated and written book.

Two-hour after-school workshops give kids an opportunity to meet guest artists, cartoonists, and authors and to give developing writers time to connect with writing professionals, and summer programs to continue the experience.

Rosary Cathedral School was the first school to participate (during the 2012-2013 school year); the addition of two more schools means the group is looking for adults who want to volunteer for a chance to help children in under served areas learn the excitement and satisfaction of writing. 

To view stories that the children produced for WordShop or for volunteer inquiries, visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org/womensinitiative/wordshop or call 419-254-4715.