Our programming is inspired by the 826 model and we are currently participating in the 826 National Chapter Development Process. 826 National has commended our progress and we are in regular communication with the organization as we continue along this trajectory toward our goal of becoming an 826 Chapter. At Spells, we believe that literacy is a cornerstone for future success, and that personalized attention and unconventional learning opportunities can inspire students to greater triumphs, both in the classroom and in life. To further these ends, we offer the following programs:
All of our programs are free, and many incorporate other artistic disciplines such as music, film, or the visual arts to inspire young writers.
Founded in Spring 2009, Spells soon launched a series of writing workshops at donated spaces such as bookstores, community centers, other non-profit organizations, and schools. During the next six months, we served more than 200 students from all over the city.
That fall, the Village of Arts and Humanities invited Spells to consider moving into a building on its campus. The Village offers a diverse selection of arts programming, but Grimaldi felt it was lacking a literacy element, and that there was a great need in the community for writing-focused instruction. Spells Writing Lab opened its center at 2526 N. Alder Street in January 2010 and enjoys a strong partnership with the Village even as it remains an independent, growing organization.