At the core of Uplift Writing is the belief that all students can become great writers. Over the past two decades, I have worked with many young people who have come to me feeling discouraged about their writing abilities. These students are anxious to make improvements, but are not quite sure where to begin. Others have internalized misperceptions about their potential to excel. Whether it is because they believe they have a “math and science” brain, or simply because they have struggled with writing in the past, these students have begun to back away from academic subjects in which writing is a central component. Then again, other students have begun to disengage because they are not feeling challenged to reach their full potential as thinkers and communicators. These students want to write seriously, but are limited by the constraints of the school setting.
Uplift Writing meets each student where they are in their development as a writer and creates a curriculum specifically tailored to their individual needs. At the same time, Uplift’s approach helps students to develop their “inner” writing coach and editor, so that, with practice, they become more and more confident about making writing decisions independently.
Finally, because there are no grades or external benchmarks, Uplift Writing students engage fully in the process of rhetorical writing. When writing on topics of their choice, their final goal is to publish their work, either in Uplift Writing Literary Magazine or in another publication. At times, I offer support to students in writing for school assignments, making sure to encourage open communication with teachers. No matter what the individual writing goals may be, our central mission remains the same: Uplift empowers students to write their minds!