March 10th, 2016

Do you . . .

  • Enjoy mentoring kids?
  • Have a desire to share your creativity and love of writing?
  • Proudly participate in Talk Like a Pirate Day?

If so, this could be the internship for you!

Join Spells Writing Lab this summer as we plan and host a free summer day camp at our headquarters in the Olde Kensington/Fishtown area. Attracting students from around the city, our writing camp focuses on a different theme and project each week, providing enrichment and excitement for Philly’s kids. Interns will lead writing activities and work one-on-one with young authors, guiding them through the writing process and helping them realize their full creative potential.

We’re now accepting applications for our summer internships, which run from mid-June through mid-August. To apply, please send an email to volunteer@phillyspells.org. The email should include a PDF attachment of your current resume and a cover letter pasted into the body of the email that highlights specific skills and experience you would bring to Spells, as well as what you hope to gain from the internship. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 1 or until all positions are filled.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum commitment of 25 hours per week
  • A passion for writing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to new situations
  • Experience with kids in a professional setting preferred
  • Editing, proofreading, or design skills a plus
  • Interest in other forms of artistic expression (photography, film, music, etc.) a plus

We look forward to hearing from you!

 
March 6th, 2016

Spells Internship

Do you . . .

  • Enjoy mentoring kids?
  • Have a desire to share your creativity and love of writing?
  • Love lab coats and funny goggles, talking like a pirate, and generally being silly?

If so, this could be the internship for you!

As an intern at our innovative writing lab providing in-school and out-of-school programming throughout the city, you will work one-on-one with young authors, guiding them through the writing process and helping them realize their full creative potential. Additional responsibilities include developing and presenting writing workshops or other educational programming, managing the production of classroom chapbooks and animated films, communicating with school administrators and educators, and assisting with volunteer management or community outreach.

We are currently accepting internship applications on a rolling basis. To apply, please send an email to volunteer@phillyspells.org. The email should include a PDF attachment of your current resume, and a cover letter pasted into the body of the email that highlights specific skills and experience you would bring to Spells, as well as what you hope to gain from the internship.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum commitment of 10–20 hours per week
  • A passion for writing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to new situations
  • Experience with kids in a professional setting preferred
  • Editing, proofreading, or design skills a plus
  • Interest in other forms of artistic expression (photography, film, music, etc.) a plus

THE REWARDS:

  • Adoration of our students
  • Opportunities to work with local educators, authors, and journalists
  • Transportation stipend
  • Free Spells Writing Lab t-shirt
  • Free admission to Spells Writing Lab events, including our annual fundraiser
  • Strong sense of accomplishment and pride from helping kids succeed

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 
August 21st, 2013

The Imaginarium of Dr. B.F. Spells

Dear students and supporters of my beloved Spells Writing Lab,

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Spells hopes to see you at his Imaginarium!I, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Spells, hereby invite you to the world premiere of my Imaginarium on September 21!

This interactive carnival of writing experiments for kids and their families will also include a special appearance by Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell of WXPN-FM, a reading by author Beth Kephart (Dr. Radway’s Sasparilla Resolvent) and signed books from Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Mythology High). Also, Spells Mad Libs, a magic show, creative crafts, a silent auction & more!

For additional details about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit the Spells event page.

I do hope you will be able to attend my Imaginarium and support Spells Writing Lab’s work with young writers. As my distinguished ancestor said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” At my Imaginarium, you shall do both!

Yours in writing,

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Spells

 
January 11th, 2013

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to make a difference? Still trying to figure out exactly how to get started? We can help!

With your help, we can serve more of Philadelphia’s youth through our free after-school tutoring program and weekend writing workshops. If you have free time on weekday afternoons, become a tutor and make a direct impact on students’ learning and achievement. Or, if weekends are more your thing, help out with our innovative writing workshops or teach one yourself!

Don’t take our word for it! Here are just a few of the things our volunteers say about us:

“What I really enjoy about tutoring is . . . just getting time to talk to each of the students. The kids just have so much to share.” —Alexa Peluso, volunteer

“When I first came here, the part that I was very attached to was just the people, the kids. It’s really priceless, and that’s why I keep coming back to Spells . . . for all the little moments of laughter and joy.” —Francisco Santoni, volunteer

“Spells is awesome! You should definitely come and volunteer. You won’t regret it. You’ll probably want to tell all your friends to come and volunteer, too.” —Carley Roche, volunteer

 

Want to find out more?

Volunteer Now

 

 
November 19th, 2012

by Ahmir, age 7

A turkey would be a good pet (meal) because you could cook it for dinner and eat it. So first you wash it off. Then you take his feathers off, and throw them in the trash. Next, you put him in a pot on the stove. Once he’s done, get him out of the pot. We put the turkey on the plate, and then we eat him! We wipe our hands off after we eat.

written during after-school tutoring at Spells Writing Lab