What We're Working Toward

Since 2011, 916 Ink has led the effort to promote youth literacy in Sacramento by empowering youth voice. We have published more than 85 books, serving more than 3,300 young authors in the Sacramento region.

Our Purpose and Process

916 Ink's curriculum asks students to reflect upon their own "hero's journey," which is a mode of storytelling meant to explore how one individual can play different roles in life. By encouraging students to write about their own journey, students begin to see the different facets of their identity and can create a story that positions them as the hero of their own lives. 

In our workshops, students become part of their own writing community where they write together, share their work, and give and receive positive feedback.

Data shows that a 916 Ink workshop increases self confidence, heals trauma, and teaches empathy, listening, and literacy skills. Our safe environment provides youth a place for expression teaches them to "take the yes," a motto created to help youth silence their inner critics.

Through creative writing workshops in partnership with public schools, probation, group homes, non profit organizations, libraries, and community centers, 916 Ink students generate writing (prose, poetry, and creative non-fiction) using varied writing prompts and reading samples that spark the imagination. 

During the revision process, students work with professional volunteer writers and editors to polish their work for publication in an anthology featuring pieces from each writer in the workshop. Students choose a title for their book and collaborate with a graphic designer to create the book cover. Each student receives two copies of the anthology and they can share this success with friends, families, and fans at a book release party where students are invited to read their work before an audience. 

I have decades of experience in teaching English to at-risk teens.
The 916 Ink process is more effective at turning students into
writers and readers than anything I’ve experienced in the past.
— Marilyn Reynolds, retired English teacher