An after-school writing center
for students in grades 6–12

Mondays: 3:30-5:30 pm
Tuesdays: 3:30-5:30 pm
Wednesdays: 3:30-5:30 pm

A maximum of 18 spots are available each session.

The Word Lab begins in the fall of the academic year. Initially funded in part by a $20K grant from the National Writing Project’s Innovator Challenge Grant, The Word Lab currently operates as part of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, serving grades 6-12 in an after-school program where students work on their writing with the assistance of community writing mentors. Sessions meet weekly for each of the schools for a total of nine weeks. On Monday holidays, sessions will be held Thursday of the same week. The Young Writers Program’s Chamber of Heart & Mystery installation has moved to Branciforte Middle School. Now on display adjacent to the Word Lab at the Museum of Art & History is Librería Donceles.

Schools participating during the 2019-2020 academic year are:

Branciforte Middle School – Mondays
Mission Hill Middle School – Tuesdays
Santa Cruz High School and Harbor High School – Wednesdays

Session Dates:

Session 1: September 30 – December 4
Session 2: January 13 – March 11
Session 3: March 23 – May 28

To register, click the links below for registration packets.
Print, fill out, and mail to: 
Young Writers Program, 400 Encinal St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 

To inquire about registering please contact:
Billy Butler, or 831-466-5808