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Review for Insideout Literary Arts Project, Detroit, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a poet-in-the-schools, a high school teacher of 35 years, a writer of 2 books on teaching writing, and a coordinator of writer/artist school visits, I value highly what InsideOut brings to the Detroit students. I donate yearly, buy the schools' anthologies to use in the schools where I work, and have just today watched two InsideOut writers in three classes (grades 3, 10, and 11, including a social studies class). Classroom teachers and students alike find the act of writing becomes genuinely engaging, as live and lively writers lead them through writing experiences that open their imaginations, develop their pleasure in language, and above all help them believe in themselves and in one another as individuals with the right to make their own artistic choices. Teachers see all these strengths can be transferred to the writing of expository, critical, and personal essays.Students who care about writing are more likely, also, to become reflective, appreciative readers--to "read as writers." Every child deserves the experiences offered by a strong writers-in-the-schools program like InsideOut.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I'm especially impressed with the presence of young interns--their energy, enthusiasm, and generosity of spirit, and the special rapport they tend to have with younger students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the CityWide Poets after-school program; develop more training and sharing opportunities for the teaching artistS; create more interdisciplinary programs (especially important given the absence of art and music in many schools)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & watched writers work in classroom, read the anthologies.