As a graduate student in creative writing or English literature, you’ll have the opportunity to design and facilitate unique literary arts projects for residents of Oakland and surrounding communities through our Project Verb. These projects provide community members with the opportunity to tell their stories, write poetry or prose, and experience their own creativity.
You can join Project Verb by enrolling in a fall semester course on community teaching, which provides training in arts education pedagogy, project design, workshop facilitation, and collaboration techniques. Working with Bay Area communities and organizations while being sensitive to their particular needs and goals, you and your fellow student–facilitators will design community-driven writing and reading programs to be realized in the following semester. You’ll work closely with experienced faculty, community-art practitioners, and your classmates in the development of these projects.
In the spring, Project Verb student–facilitators implement their projects in various community sites, including after-school programs, senior centers, jails and re-entry programs, libraries, and domestic violence shelters. You’ll gain teaching experience while you volunteer your skills to support under-resourced communities. You’ll work independently, with close communication and guidance from faculty at Mills and community partners, to enact your unique vision of transformative writing encounters. Students may complete two spring teaching semesters with Project Verb.