Creative Writing Workshops and Camps
Chapter 510 offers various free writing workshops and camps throughout the year for East Bay students. These include one-day workshops, Saturday writing drop-in labs, and spring and summer camps for kids and teens. All workshops and camps are led by amazing local authors and teaching artists assisted by our volunteers.
Check out and register for upcoming workshops here, and sign up to receive emails about upcoming opportunities on our parents and young writers email list.
When working in schools, our mission is to work side by side with schools, community centers, and educators to enhance their curriculum. We partner with teachers to create then lead 6-10 week writing, bookmaking, and publishing projects, like last spring's Biography of Water book project with NOCCS.
We've also partnered with schools to send mentors and tutors into classrooms for additional writing help, and most recently launched our all-school Epic Poetry Relay Race program, which you can read all about here.
Current partners include Acorn Woodland Elementary, Bridge Housing, NOCCS, and MetWest High School.
If you are interested in bringing a Chapter 510 teaching artist and volunteers into your classroom or school email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter 510 is dedicated to publishing work written and curated by Oakland youth. We often publish anthologies of students work written in schools or at our camps such as Just Cake & Whispers from the Edge of the Solar System (pop-up book), but have also worked one-on-one with students to publish titles like Rosario Sanchez Cervantes' Ten Stories - One Dream.
We recently published a fully translated anthology of student's work from the past three years, What if an Artist Rules the World.
You can buy most of our student's titles in our store located at 2301 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland!
Field Trips For Educators
We just wrapped our first big season of field trips this last spring. We invited eight classrooms from 1st to 4th grade to come write books with us, and it was a huge success.
Read all about it here.
Registration for fall 2018 is closed and spring 2018 has just opened.
2018/2019 field trips will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10am to 12:30pm, and each student will leave the trip with a book they have helped write and make.
In partnership with the Oakland Public Library's Youth Poet Laureate program and Youth Speaks, we are proud to have published six issues (posters) of 510 Journal, each celebrating a young poet.
We've printed and distributed thousands of these 11" by 17" posters throughout Oakland.
Come by the center to pick up one or six to display in your business or residence to help us amplify student voices throughout town (and beyond!).