Join THE WORD PARTY in Oakland!

Join “The Word Party!” at the Oakland Public Library Dimond Branch!

A FREE class for kids ages 8-13!

Do you love Why Not Write Wednesday? Celebrate WNWW monthly with us at the Dimond Branch Library (3565 Fruitvale Avenue). Each class will have a different theme – join us for one or all of them!

Info: Wednesdays 3:45 – 4:45pm
November 12 & December 10, 2014
January 14, February 11, March 11 & April 13, 2015

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What Do We Share in Common with the Common Core?

Common Core StandardsThe common core standards put an emphasis on three different kinds of writing: argument/opinion, informative/explanatory and narrative. Our classes allow students to explore these forms while also being encouraged to experiment without worrying about tests and other constraints. Comfort with formulating ideas with words combined with a positive association with writing better prepares kids for the new common core challenges.

“Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.”

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We Convert Reluctant Writers

Does your child resist writing? Our aim is to engage children’s imaginations while exposing them to the adventure of writing. Often, even by third grade, kids have decided they don’t like writing or that they’re “no good” at it. Our mission is to change their minds by creating an environment that fosters independence, a sense of belonging and competence. Parents agree with us:

“I was hopeful but a bit doubtful at first that Nataly would enjoy a creative writing class – after all, writing would have to compete with electronic games and television — but due to the excellent program and WONDERFUL instructor, she had a great experience!  Now she views writing more as an exciting challenge, a chance to “find her own voice” and express herself, and less as a chore full of worries about spelling and punctuation.  I would highly recommend TMWFI!”
- Larry, parent

“I have always been hesitant to do academic enrichment after a long day at
school but this class was amazing. We and his teacher have noticed a BIG difference in his writing and more importantly his enjoyment of writing.

This is the boy who beforehand did not like to write at all and sped
through every assignment he was given. Now he is writing up a storm and
making comic books with his friends at school.”
- KB, parent

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Why Not Write Wednesday?: Song Parodies!




One of the best ways to stimulate your creativity is to recreate something that already exists and make it funny. This is done in art, movies, music and more, and you can do it through your writing!

For instance, take the lyrics to your favorite song and make them fit a theme: recess or Pokemon or cooking dinner. You’ll get some really funny results — you can sing along too!

To do this: Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesday?: Fighting for a Cause



Do you have a cause you’re passionate about? Maybe it’s saving the environment, or promoting equality, or protecting animal rights. Your cause can be universal or more personal (maybe it’s protecting your little brother from bullies) but nonetheless, one of the best ways to get these opinions heard is to write them out.

To do so, here are a few prompts you could follow below:


Is there something going on in the world (big or small) that you want to change? Why?

If you had a chance to change this issue, how would you do so?

What does a world where this issue is resolved look like?

Why are you upset, or impassioned by this cause?

What sort of impact do you want to have on the world?

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Why Not Write Wednesday?: Food Writing




Did you know that there is a whole genre of writing for describing and explaining food?! It’s called food writing, and it sure is sweet! If you like food and writing this style could be perfect for you. Here a few prompts to whet your whistle:

What is your favorite meal or food? Can you describe it using the 5 sense?

What’s a recipe you follow often? Can you describe yourself making the recipe, (the actions in the steps, the ingredients, etc) in detail?

AFTERWARD: Did you like writing about food? Well lucky for you there’s a TMWFI class devoted specifically to food writing. It’s called “Peanut Butter and the Pen”. Look for it under the classes tab on our website and sign on up!

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Why Not Write Wednesday?: Collage



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Sometimes, life can feel like a jumble of words and pictures with no real connection. But, from a young age, our minds learn how to connect the dots between seemingly incongruous images and texts to create meaning. The results are usually very unexpected and very unique!

So, this Why Not Write Wednesday, TMWFI wants you to make a collage! There are a couple ways you could go about this:

1) Find an old magazine that you have permission to cut up and make a story using phrases or words from its pages.

2) Use images from that magazine to make a picture collage. Once you’ve finished the collage, free write about it.

Whichever option you choose, we promise the result will be fun and unexpected!

(Above is an example from one our Spring TMWFI students, Mitch)

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Why Not Write Wednesday?: Back To School





It’s that time of year again, Back To School time. It also happens to be that day of the week: Why Not Write Wednesday! This week, let’s focus on the new school year.

What was your first day like? Can you describe it (or a moment from it) using all five of the senses?

What’s your favorite subject?

What do you do during recess or breaks? Why do you do those activities?

What’s your favorite thing about learning?

Write a note to a favorite teacher (from the past of present) explaining how they’ve influenced you and why you’re thankful to be their student!

If none of these prompts suit you, make up a character and walk the reader through their imaginary day at school!

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Why Not Write Wednesday: Character Development





One of the most important parts of writing is developing your characters. Characters are a part of every piece of writing, no matter if it’s poetry, fiction or non-fiction, and the most important thing is to make them believable. Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesday: Favorite Day





It’s Why Not Write Wednesday, which happens to be one of our favorite days here at “Take My Word For It!”. Do you have a favorite day? Continue reading

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