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Mighty Writers
You’re invited to celebrate the end of another Academy year at Mighty Writers. TWICE.
Wed., June 11 at MW West, 5-7pm
3861 Lancaster Ave
Thurs., June 12 at MW South, 5-7pm
1501 Christian St. 
Keep it Mighty!

Both parties will feature food and goodies, a student reading, our famous book giveaways and more. 

Would you like to help? Here’s how:

1. Bring a snack, drink or dessert to share.

2. Offer to run a mini entertainment stand: face painting, haiku station or another of your Mighty ideas!

3. Donate some plants to decorate our entry ways for photo ops – there are sure to be a lot of them.

To volunteer to help in any of these ways, please email Rachel Loeper at

If your child isn’t in the Academy but produced something in a workshop that he or she would like to share, let us know! There is enough room for a few more readers.


By Isaac M.

MLK wanted racial justice, freedom and equality for everyone. He supported all creeds of people and wanted black people to gain equality. MLK believed that white people and black people can live together. Integration means “the intermixing of people or groups previously segregated.” MLK wanted to replace segregation with integration.

Malcolm X wanted to create a Black nation to separate black people from the white people. He wanted to send our people back to their homeland. If that did not work, then he said America should set aside some separated territory.

But in some ways they were similar. They wanted justice, freedom and equality. Malcolm X said, “God must destroy the world of slavery and evil in order to establish a world based upon freedom, justice and equality.”  MLK said, “So we have come to cash this check – a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”  He wanted to end segregation. His speech changed the nation, but not only the United States but the world.

After Dr. King’s speech, “I Have a Dream,” everything changed including black people can sit in the front of the bus. White and blacks can share restaurants, water fountains, and bathrooms. Now, we have a black president named Barack Obama. Whites and blacks can work together and have the same amount of profits.

As a young black brother I have experienced a lot of things. I have a family that loves me and honors me. I feel that I am not judged by the color of my skin but by the content of my character.  In my age right now whites are respectful and nice to me.

However today, there still is plenty of racism around the country of the United States. According to “Portrait of Inequality 2012: Black Children in America”, black children are over three times as likely to be poor (38.8 percent) as White children (12.5 percent), black children are more than twice as likely as White children to be in foster care,black children are over six times as likely as White children to have a parent in prison. There is still a lot of work to do.

This essay was written by Isaac after reading and analyzing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Malcolm X’s “The Black Revolution” speech. We compared and contrasted the two leaders ideas about race and race relations in America. Isaac also incorporated his ideas about race relations in America today based on his experience and based on data about black children in America and contemporary news articles. 

Student’s name: Zakaa Cruse

Schools: Edwin Stanton Elementary School and Mighty Writers Academy

Grade: 6th

Age: 12

Bio: Zakaa likes to draw and he’s interested in cartoons, comic books and animation. He’s currently attending a drawing workshop on Saturdays at the University of the Arts. He is also a big sports fan. His favorite athletes are: Allen Iverson, Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali.

Zakaa Cruse 6th grade

Oscar preview

This year there are five animated shorts that are nominated for an Oscar. The nominees are “Feral”, “Get a Horse!”, “Mr. Hublot”, “Possessions”, and “Room on the Broom”. All these animated shorts are different. The directors are from four different countries: USA, Japan, England, and France. They each have different characters and settings. Here is my review of the five shorts.

In “Feral”, the main character  is a boy who is raised by wolves. An adult man adopts him and puts him in school. The boys at school make fun of him and he regains his wolf instincts and acts crazy. At the end, he is locked up and then he escapes back to the wilderness. I liked the animation of the wolves because they looked realistic.

In “Get a Horse!”, they retell an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. I liked “Get a Horse!” because the characters came out of the screen and the movie became multi dimensional.

In “Possessions”, a Japanese samurai  has to deal with bad spirits in clothes and other items. “Possessions” had the best animated characters because it had great details and it was very colorful.

“Room on the Broom” is an animated version of a children’s book by Julia Donaldson. A witch has to deal with lost items. I like the imagination of the new broom at the end.

My nominee for the best animated short is “Mr. Hublot”. This is a story about a man who lives by himself. He saves a stray dog and takes care of it. The dog grows bigger and bigger and at the end of the story Mr. Hublot takes the dog across the street and buys a bigger house. In Matt Golberg’s review of this film he says, “There’s not much depth beyond the premise, but the exciting visuals make Mr. Hublot a joy to watch.” I agree. My favorite part of the visuals was when the dog grew. In the opening scene, the dog is sitting by Mr. Hublot. In the closing scene, he demolishes all the furniture. I would like to see a full length movie where  they get a huge mansion and they realize the dog was a she. She then has babies and they grow bigger than their Mom.

Overall, all the movies were wonderful and deserving of an Oscar. I was very impressed by the animation I saw. I wish all of the animated shorts good luck on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Listen to Our Mighty Audio Documentary Tonight
WHYY 90.9 FM, Sunday, Feb. 16, 6pm
(Replay, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2pm)
Jocko * The Guy with the Goods * Jimmy Bishop * Butterball *
The Mighty Burner * Holiday on Sunday * Louise Williams * Dyana Williams * Carl Helm * Lloyd Fatman, 
and so many more.
With tracks that will make your knees freeze and your liver quiver!

“You can’t lose with the stuff we use!”

Tonight’s SAT & College Essay Night workshop has been postponed to Sunday, Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30pm due to the weather.

If you are a college applicant working on a Nov. 1 deadline, or a tutor willing to help a student working on a Nov. 1 deadline, please email We will help you schedule a one-on-one writing session via phone, email, or in-person in time to meet your deadline.

Also, Spoken Word Poetry, scheduled for today at 3pm, has been cancelled.

When: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 1:00 PM – Sun, Oct 21, 2012 2:30 PM
Where: 1501 Christian St.

Comic Madness (Ages 10-12), Sundays 1:00-2:30pm, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11 (6 sessions), In one of Mighty Writers’ most popular classes, learn techniques for crafting a narrative, pacing, storyboarding, page layout and cover art. By the end of this class, we’ll produce our very own comic books individually or in small groups. Come join the ranks of the Mighty Comic Artists with veteran workshop leader Alli Katz.

Check out these amazing summer workshops and classes offered by our friends at Mighty Writers!

Summer Skywatch (Ages 5-6)
Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm
August 1, 8, 15 (3 sessions)
Get excited about reading, writing and watching the sky in this imaginative workshop. We’ll start off by reading “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” by Judi Barrett and learn how to use simile, metaphor and other literary devices to talk about the weather. We’ll also learn about prediction as we produce real and imaginary weather forecasts.

Documentary Poetry for Beginners (Ages 7-9)
Sunday, June 3, 4:30-6:00pm (single session)
Transform yourself into a documentary poetry detective. There’s nothing to fear. If you like cutting, pasting and making collages, this workshop is for you. We’ll read and write documentary poetry and find clues in magazines, newspapers and photos. You may just be surprised by what we find, and how we creatively turn everyday language into poetry!

Garden Writing Club (Ages 8-11)
Sundays 1:00-2:30pm
Apr. 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10 (8 sessions; no session May 27)
For the Spring 2012 edition of Garden Writing Club, we’ll explore the following themes through art and writing: composting, planting, plant care and nutrition. Every Sunday, we’ll meet in the main writing studio at 1501 Christian St. The class will be conducted in the studio and in the Universal Garden across the street. Parent contributions of gloves, spades and seeds welcome!

Poets Who Know It! (Ages 9-11)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
May 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 (6 sessions)
In this workshop, we will examine all kinds of poetry, from the silly fun of a limerick to the structure of iambic pentameter. We will find out about poets from different genres and time periods, including Shakespeare, Roald Dahl and A. A. Milne. After group discussion of selected poems, we will explore our own creative expression through word games, role play and visual arts, and then create original poetry of our own.

Summer Yoga for Kids (Ages 9-11)
Sundays 2:00-3:30pm
July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12 (6 sessions)
Join Ms. Maureen from Yoga Child and Mighty summer intern Ms. Ashley for a combo yoga and writing workshop. Focusing on the themes of balance and endurance, we’ll learn basic yoga poses and write about what yoga can teach us about ourselves and our lives. Join us if you’re an aspiring yogi, or if you’d just like to practice balance and build endurance with some Mighty friends this summer.

Comic Book Club (Ages 9-11)
Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm
July 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14 (6 sessions)
Why do we use the words we use? Where do they come from, and how can we describe them? Join us as we learn the origins of everyday words and illustrate them in comic form, to better understand what we say and write. We will explore the back-story behind commonly used words, find meanings we didn’t know existed, and then use our creativity to make Mighty comics.

Miss Write Now (Ages 10-12)
Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm
July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16 (6 sessions)
Consider this workshop the little sister to our popular “Girl Power Poetry.” We’ll read great female writers from many genres and write poetry, fiction and nonfiction of our own. As inspiration, we’ll read selections from the work of Jamaica Kincaid, Gail Tsukiyama, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, Arundhati Roy, Zadie Smith and others. Join us for this intensive power-writing workshop!

Blood and Guts Galore (Ages 11-13)
Sunday, June 10, 3:00-4:30pm (single session)
What could be better than exploring blood, guts and gory diseases? Learn about extreme diseases and find out how science is a part of everyday life. Like the scientific method, science writing is methodical, and we’ll learn the steps for communicating scientific ideas clearly.

Writing Comic Scripts (Ages 12+)
Sunday, June 10, 4:30-6:00pm (single session)
This is a class with a little bit of “character.” Every story, no matter what, needs characters. In this class we will create robust characters and write high-action comic scripts. If you’ve got an idea for a story, we’ll show you how to create the characters you’ll need to make your story stand out.

Mighty Mural Project (Ages 12-15)
Sundays 3:30-5:00pm
July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12 (6 sessions)
As a Mighty Writer, you’re invited to participate in the design and messaging of a mural in South Philadelphia. In partnership with the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project, this workshop will offer students a forum to think about writing and art, and the value of each to our South Philadelphia neighborhood. This workshop will include writing, design and illustration, and will end with a mural design to be painted during the spring of 2013. Make your mark on South Philadelphia!

Teen Lounge (Ages 13+)
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm
Come relax in our studio late night on Mighty Writers’ second floor, where we’ll discuss issues, make creative projects and just hang out. Did we mention we have a pool and ping-pong table? We’ll also take some field trips and get to know guest artists from around the city.

 For more information, log on to Mighty Writers, and, of course, don’t forget to submit your poems, stories, comics, and artwork to Philadelphia Stories, Junior!