The Play/Write program is a series of in-class writing workshops bookended by two assemblies. The program kicks off with an all-school Greatest Hits Show to get the students excited about writing their own stories. Each classroom workshop series is led by two experienced teaching artists who work closely with school teachers to select a curriculum from our Curriculum Menu according to each class’ writing needs.
Our curriculum aligns with widely adopted standards for English Language Arts, while also providing a rich and reflective artistic experience. Our programs push the boundaries of traditional enrichment to tackle substantive educational goals, such as vocabulary development, story structure, revision, and confident self-expression. Over the years we have developed a number of sophisticated workshop offerings for different grades that include character workshops, hero story writing, comedy writing, expository writing and persuasive writing.
By the end of the workshop series, each student has written and revised at least one original story. The culminating New Story Show is a giant celebration of the writing done at the school and features brand new stories by the workshop participants. At the end of the program, each student who submits a story receives Story Love: personalized feedback on his or her writing.