Category: KIPP Scribes

The KIPP Scribes Present — The Whole Fiasco

I’m very excited to announce the release of The Whole Fiasco, the latest bound collection of stories from the KIPP Scribes. Details of the launch party are below.

The KIPP Scribes are 5th and 6th graders from our neighborhood charter school, KIPP STRIVE. Aatallah, captured below by Jason Travis, is one of the Scribes.

Aatallah, one of the KIPP Scribes who wrote The Whole Fiasco

Each week for three months Aatallah met 1-on-1 with a professional writer to record an important family story. She interviewed her mother and wrote “A Generous Decision,” about the time her mom invited a family without a home to share their small apartment.

She learned how to identify a great story, how to perform an effective interview, and how to craft creative nonfiction. Aatallah wrote six or seven drafts of “A Generous Decision” to get it just right.

Aatallah and Bret working on The Whole Fiasco for the KIPP Scribes

Last year we found that the KIPP Scribes Program fundamentally changes the students’ relationship with the written word. Watching Aatallah develop as a writer and storyteller over three months was an astonishing transformation. And she’s just one of twenty-three new writers featured in The Whole Fiasco.

This year we partnered with Storycorps to allow some of the Scribes to record an interview with their chosen family member. The stories will be recorded in The Whole Fiasco, and their interviews will be archived at the Smithsonian’s National Musuem of African American History & Culture.

Saturday September 3rd from 11 am – 12 pm we’ll celebrate the release of The Whole Fiasco at the Decatur Book Festival. We’ll have books for sale, a few readings from the writers, and a lot of autographs upon request at CORE Dance Studio. It will be a very important day for these young writers. Will you join us?

The Whole Fiasco by the KIPP Scribes

If you can’t make it to the party, here’s how you can help —

Buy a copy of the book. It’ll be available in our store starting September 3rd.

Tell someone about this program. We need your help to spread the word.

Many thanks to the Kim King Foundation and the Fulton County Arts Council for funding the KIPP Scribes Program. Tremendous thanks to the many volunteers who gave so much of their time and themselves to the KIPP Scribes. We couldn’t do it without you.

For More — About the KIPP Scribes Program, Photo Update from the 2011 Scribes, Pictures from the Don’t Forget That Day Launch Party

Photo Update from the 2011 KIPP Scribes

The other day our favorite photographer Jason Travis caught up with the KIPP Scribes. A handful of his photos are below. I think they’re pretty dope.

The Scribes have met 1-on-1 with professional writers each Tuesday since February. They’ll finish up tomorrow, then wait patiently while we design their book of creative nonfiction in time for the Decatur Book Festival.

Many thanks to the Fulton County Arts Council and the Kim King Foundation for their continued support of this program. Like so many other arts organizations in our community, we very literally could not have developed or maintained this program’s awesomeness without you. Also thank you to our spectacular volunteers. We couldn’t do this without you either.

Mohammed, one of the KIPP Scribes

Kimberly and Mohammed.

Amari, one of the KIPP Scribes.

Amari and Amanda.

Sakyra, one of the KIPP Scribes

Sakyra and Rebekah.

Lyric, one of the KIPP Scribes

Amber and Lyric.

Noah, one of the KIPP Scribes.

Noah and Tim.

Richelle, one of the KIPP Scribes.

Christina and Richelle.

Samuel, one of the KIPP Scribes.

Samuel and A.J.

Misha, one of the KIPP Scribes.

Gray and Misha.

 

Volunteers Needed to Mentor the KIPP Scribes for a New Book

Are you a writer of some sort? Would you like to help a 5th or 6th grader become a published author? Do you know someone who would?

The Wren’s Nest is helping the KIPP Scribes record family stories for a new book, and we need your help.

Here’s how it works:

Once a week starting in February, you’ll meet 1-on-1 with a 5th grader at KIPP STRIVE Academy to help identify, record, and craft an important family story. It will look something like this:

Carleigh and D'Mecia writing Don't Forget That Day by the KIPP Scribes at KIPP STRIVE in Atlanta, Georgia for the Wren's Nest

Then, we’ll compile the stories together for a handsome publication. Finally, we’ll all have a party for the book’s debut at the Decatur Book Festival.

Sounds like fun, right? We need 30 of you, so don’t be shy.

Here’s what you need to do to help:

1. Attend an orientation session later this month.
2. Commit to 15 hours of service over a three month period.
3. Be available on Tuesdays between 3 and 4 pm.
4. Have some sort of writing experience. You needn’t be Tolstoy, mind you. If you think you may qualify, chances are you probably do. Last year we welcomed writers, lawyers, teachers, and workaday folks like me.

Sign up by emailing Amber (amber@wrensnestonline.com), our spectacular Program Director, before January 25th. That’s real soon! Do you have questions? Amber can answer those too.

Need more convincing?

We had a blast making last year’s book Don’t Forget That Day. Look no further than the launch party photos.

If you must look further, see, for example, Brooke saying nice things about last year’s program. Or Kimberly doing the same. Or Jamie, who chronicled his experience specifically for your benefit.

Even if this program isn’t for you, I bet you know someone who would love it. And chances are, they are totally clueless. Please forward this post along if you’d be so kind.

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