Welcome to Wordsmiths - where stories are shaped

Wordsmiths is based on the idea that creative writing can pave the way both to academic success and college scholarships.

Founded in 2009, this afterschool creative writing program focuses on students from Birmingham public schools. Each year Wordsmiths enrolls a maximum of 16 students from 7th-12th grade.

Students meet with professional writers (and college volunteers) each week for 2 ½ hours, and they complete a homework assignment for each class.

After a year of Wordsmiths, students can expect the following:

  • To improve vocabulary and critical thinking, leading to higher scores on standardized tests.
  • To write more clearly, concisely, and with a style of their own.
  • To boost self-confidence and to see their own unique talents. We all have a story that no one else can tell.
  • To enter their work in state and national writing contests and to be published in the Wordsmiths class magazine.

There is no charge for the program. There are no grades. Instead there’s plenty of individual attention, a great deal of feedback, and a focus on each student’s particular talents.

Class meets throughout the school year on Wednesday afternoons at Birmingham-Southern College.


    The Students

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    The Founder

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    The Classes

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