Literary Arts Program
With the goal of improving literacy, youth are taught to express themselves in positive ways through screenwriting, poetry, short stories, plays, song lyrics, essays, spoken word and news articles. We have an extensive library of screenplays and books that are shared with interested students and used as teaching tools.
Students are also invited to attend poetry readings and to share public presentations of their work, in addition to promoting their literary work on the Create Now website.
Featured Event: April 2014 Book Fair Big Success!
Create Now received more than 5,000 books for children and teens through ABC7 and First Books. These high-quality books were distributed on Saturday afternoon, April 5th to hundreds of children in our neighborhood, as well as to groups of troubled kids from shelters, group homes and other agencies in our network.
Featured Workshop: Exploring Life Through Writing
Create Now has partnered with Children’s Institute, Inc. for over 12 years, providing them with wonderful programs in writing, theatre and art, plus tickets to cultural events like Cirque du Soleil, Ford Amphitheatre and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a result, they have hired our organization to provide their youth with a summer writing course. We collaborated to customize our literary arts program to meet the needs of the children they serve. It was decided to offer them the chance to create their own magazine, which highlights their personal stories.
Featured Workshop: Creative Writing at Aviva
Inga Hansen is an Executive Editor/Associate Publisher of MedEsthetics magazine. She was the Managing editor of DAYSPA magazine and is also a freelance writer. Some of her clients include CelebLife, Massage magazine and Men’s Fitness. Recently, Inga mentored a group of teenage foster girls in a Creative Writing workshop at Aviva Family and Children’s Services in Hollywood. This is her story.