Support New York Edge's Student Book Publishing Initiative!

Help NYC students become published authors!

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Help NYC students become published authors!

Creative writing is a vital skill that supports children’s imagination, resiliency, and self confidence. New York Edge’s Student Book Publishing Initiative presents an opportunity to support afterschool participants that will take place during the after school period. The Initiative will help students develop and reinforce a joy of writing and creative expression that will serve them throughout their school years and beyond. Students will have the experience of becoming published authors and gain exposure to leading authors, illustrators and leaders in the publishing industry.

Working in partnership with an award-winning children’s book author focused in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the genre, students in our after school program will learn about the creative writing process, write their own stories and have them illustrated by artists from Pixar. The initiative will result in the students having the unique experience of producing a tangible final product--a book that is for sale wherever books are sold--while also helping them better understand the science of storytelling, writing, art, and design. Additionally, income generated from book sales would be reinvested in the student publishing initiative.

This unique and comprehensive effort seeks to engage 150 students at four elementary schools and one middle school reaching students in all five boroughs. Unlike traditional creative writing courses, New York Edge will pair students with a children’s book author and illustrators and over the course of the program not only work on writing stories, but also publish and promote the books featuring their creative efforts. Your support will seed the initial launch in five sites in New York City. Upon completion of this first effort, New York Edge envisions expanding the Student Publishing Initiative to all elementary and middle school sites in New York City.