Congratulations to Walnutwood High School’s first 916 Ink Published Authors! 

We celebrated another successful program and book release on May 2nd with the teachers, staff, parents and students of Walnutwood High School! These brave young authors brought tears, laughter, and smiles out of the audience with their powerful voices and authentic personal stories. This book was especially unique because each student was a young mother, and much of their writing expressed the beauty and pain that comes with that experience. Every 916 Ink writer possesses their own unique voice and background, but in Not Broken, Awoken our students shared truthful and touching stories about motherhood that brought a special quality to this book. In particular, Not Broken, Awoken shows readers that it is not just our similarities that bring us together, but our differences and personal struggles that make us stronger as a community. Not Broken, Awoken sheds an understanding of these otherwise misunderstood teens, and shows the amount of strength that it takes to raise the future. 

We thank published author and 916 Ink Wordslinger Marilyn Reynolds, who led the writing program at Walnutwood. Without her this book would not have been the same and she deserves great credit for making our first publication with Walnutwood High School a hit! The staff at Walnutwood High School were a tremendous help throughout the process, especially Jennifer Harmon, Cary Burns, and Principal Charlie Linebarger. Lastly we would also like thank the city of Rancho Cordova’s Community enhancement fund, Mayor Donald Terry, Vice Mayor Linda Budge, and Councilman Robert McGarvey. Without their support this program would not have been possible, and thanks to each of them these phenomenal young women are now published authors! 

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916 Ink transforms Sacramento youth into confident writers and published authors who know the power of story. 


From a Parent

Good Morning,

I just wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU!!! to 916ink, Ms. Camagna, and Maestra Suarez for bringing the Youth Writers Program to the Language Academy of Sacramento. 

I have a daughter who has proudly displayed her certificate on the kitchen cabinet for all to see.  She doesn’t generally do this, so it demonstrated to us how proud of it she is.  Each week she said that she had a great time and her love of writing is even more encouraged.  We are looking forward to the book release!  Please let me know if you need any volunteer assistance with set up, clean up, etc.

Thanks again for all you do to help students and young minds grow!

With much appreciation,
Jennifer Bacsafra
(Estella’s Mom)


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“I cannot even begin to describe all that 916 Ink is and does, though I often find myself trying to describe it to friends and family because it is a great example of a program that does remarkable things in super creative ways.  I like to describe my best recollection of the Imaginarium, where there are tons of props of various and assorted subject matter, to stimulate the creativity in the young writers.”

—Lynne Cannady
of Cannady-Ford Family Fund
at Sacramento Region Community Foundation

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