“The most memorable moment [was] being with my tutors,” student poet Miya said. Writing mentors helped the young memoirist craft their narratives, add dynamic hooks, and include sensory details. Kara says that she learned to “go back and proofread and add my five senses [into] my stories.” Rico added that he learned “to use specific details in my writing.”
It’s Cori, a young poet, who speaks to our hearts: “I learned that poems help you express your feelings and what you’re thinking about in your mind.”
When thinking about what it’s like to be published, James said, “It feels crazy because anytime people [could] be reading your poetry or your stories.”
Sonic, using the figurative language skills he learned from working with 826DC, said being published “feels like I’m eating endless wings.”
Listen to fifth graders from Center City PCS Capitol Hill share their memoirs:
Special thanks to 826DC volunteer Devin Gallagher of Wait What Productions (@waitwhatpros) for his invaluable assistance with this project. You can read more breathtaking student work here in our writing gallery.