During All Write, the Webster Groves School District celebrates the word: the written word, the spoken word, the word as poetry, the word as prose, the word as image. In all these forms, words have the power to create and strengthen community, and our celebration embraces this power.
At the heart of All Write are the assemblies. Students have the opportunity to attend presentations about writing craft and process given by a wide variety of professional writers every hour in The Little Theater and/or Knight Auditorium. At the soul of All Write is student creativity. Students submit their own work to a school-wide contest for the Jonathan Franzen (WGHS ‘77) Award for Excellence in Student Writing, with finalists chosen to read on stage as the opening act for our guests. In addition to what is happening on stage, the English Department teachers host small group workshops in their rooms throughout the week. These workshops are led by our professional guests and allow interested students the opportunity to learn more about writing and the business of writing from those in their particular area of interest, whether it is poetry, memoir, songwriting, or even animation and storyboarding.
But All Write is not just the English Department. Student artists respond to our guests’ work through painting and installation pieces; The Foods II class plans and hosts the Note Pad, our hospitality room for those preparing to go on stage; Drama students manage the stage production, including lights, sound, and media; our marketing team from the Business Department handles our program and promotion. Students with all kinds of passions and talents are key leaders in every aspect of All Write. It’s a team effort across the building, all in the service of words and the ideas they hold.
If you are a teacher in a school interested in this concept, we invite you to contact us.
English Department Chair