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What is the
Write. Create. You.

  How did
the project
come about?
The project consists of a series of creative writing workshops hosted in Grand Rapids Public Schools throughout the school year.  Each month, one school will host six workshops with six different instructors.  Workshop instructors consist of local authors, performers and other writing professionals.  Students will learn about everything from Poetry Slams to character development to comic book creation. The project is facilitated through WGVU and The LOOP, the after school program hosted throughout many Grand Rapids Public Schools.  The LOOP has tutoring and mentoring opportunities, and offers the kids several field trips throughout the year to local venues such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Ballet, and Opera Grand Rapids.  The project was created by WGVU, The LOOP and Ryan Hipp, a writer and author from the Grand Rapids area. WGVU received a grant from the National Center for Outreach to facilitate this project in 2005. The program was so successful during its first year, that WGVU was able to secure funding from Meijer and Chase Banks to continue and expand the program for the 2006 - 2007 school year. Meijer funded the program again in 2008. For the 2008 - 2009 school year, The Grand Rapids Community Foundation funded the Write. Create. You. program..


  Who are
the Instructors?
  See Student Writing and Artwork!

We have several instructors currently involved in the project, including:

Allie Merrick – Grand Rapids Performance Poet

Scott Cramton – Grand Rapids Writer

Monica Harris – Kalamazoo Author

Leslie Helakoski – Lawton Author

Ryan Hipp – Grand Rapids Author and Illustrator

Tracey Smith – Kalamazoo Poetry Slam Master

Sue Stauffacher – Grand Rapids Author

Bobbe Taber – Kalamazoo Founder of Life Write Services

Tom Woodruff – Fenwick Author

Martin Luther King
Leadership Academy 2008-09

Aberdeen Elementary 2008-09

Alexander Elementary 2008-09

Sherwood Park 2008-09

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy 2008-09

Previous Years' Works



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