About Readers & Writers
Readers & Writers started out as a literary training program for alternative schools, transforming over time into a producer of programs that bring books and authors to students. Throughout the years Readers & Writers has used a variety of book-based programming to cultivate popular interest in literature among readers of all ages, including:
The in-school program, featuring book study, creative writing and author visits for students in traditional, alternative, and after-school programs
The Book Groups Initiative, fostering book community-based discussion groups with an emphasis on exploring contemporary literary writing
World Voices Festival programs for teens, including school visits, group writing workshops, author readings, and panel events focusing on literature and current events
The Bingham and Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fellowships, bringing outstanding literary talents to American communities that lack strong literary culture or tradition
The PEN Teen Writing Institute, allowing creatively curious New York City teens ages 15–18 to learn firsthand about the art and profession of writing by work-shopping with professional writers
In all its forms, the program has been praised as a source of valuable experiences by students, teachers, and authors alike.