Book Writing Residency

13712_10206440442548928_8993718366868693849_n-2Personal Story Writing & Reading Residency: Facilitated by Anita Woodley, Durham Arts Council CAPS Literary Artist

This is an innovative, fun, and engaging way to enhance writing, reading, and communication skills through straight talk, humor and performance. Since 2014, “Stories Come To Life,” has empowered hundreds of sixth grade students in the Durham Public School System. Some of the students attended Title 1 Schools, read 50% below grade level, performed poorly on sixth grade benchmark testing and/or struggled to write on any given subject. When the Durham Arts Council introduced the Stories Come to Life program to the Durham Public Schools, they contracted with CAPS Teaching Artist, Anita Woodley to facilitate the Writing Residency. Anita’s lead the personal narrative literary arts writing residency by creating an innovative, non-traditional curriculum and structure to inspire students.  Each story is unique with a different mood and flare. “The students truly seemed to find their ‘inner story-teller’,” says Ms. Jacqueline Kersey, ELA teacher formerly at Neal Middle School. READ NEWS COVERAGE: Duke University (2017) … The News & Observer (2016)

2018 James E. Shepard IB Magnet Middle School 

2017 Neal Magnet Middle School

  • Book 23 (2017) Ms. Mullaney Students – Core 1
    • Book 24 (2017) Ms. Mullaney Students – Core 2
    • Book 25 (2017) Ms. Mullaney Students – Core 3
    • Book 26 (2017) Ms. Mullaney Students – Core 4
  • Book 27 (2017) Ms. Putt’s Students – Core 1
    • Book 28 (2017) Ms. Putt’s Students – Core 2
    • Book 29 (2017) Ms. Putt’s Students – Core 3
    • Book 30 (2017) Ms. Putt’s Students – Core 4
  • Book 31 (2017) Ms. Thomas’ Students – Core 1
    • Book 32 (2017) Ms. Thomas’ Students – Core 2
    • Book 33 (2017) Ms. Thomas’ Students – Core 3
    • Book 34 (2017) Ms. Thomas’ Students – Core 4

2017 James E. Shepard IB Magnet Middle School

  • Book 17 (2017) Mr. Sims Students – Core 1
    • Book 18 (2017) Mr. Sims Students – Core 2
    • Book 19 (2017) Ms. Sims Students – Core 3
  • Book 20 (2017) Ms. __ Students – Core 1
    • Book 21 (2017) Ms. __ Students – Core 2
    • Book 22 (2017) Ms. __ Students – Core 3

2017 Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle School 

  • Book 9 (2017) Ms. Curry’s Students – Core 1
    • Book 10 (2017) Ms. Curry’s Students – Core 2
    • Book 11 (2017) Ms. Curry’s Students – Core 3
    • Book 12 (2017) Ms. Curry’s Students – Core 4
  • Book 13 (2017) Ms. Silva’s Students – Core 1
    • Book 14 (2017) Ms. Silva’s Students – Core 2
    • Book 15 (2017) Ms. Silva’s Students – Core 3
    • Book 16 (2017) Ms. Silva’s Students – Core 4

2016 Neal Magnet Middle School

2015 Neal Magnet Middle School

2014 Neal Magnet Middle School

More History on the SCTL Program

Mrs. Woodley used shares well-formed characters from her personal life and award-winning plays to inspire students to ask their questions of one of these wise, no-nonsense creations as they began to write their own personal narratives. The Stories Come to Life Literacy Residency is successful in helping all students realize that the stories they have are worth sharing with the world, and publishes a book containing each class’s work. Each student receives an attractively designed book and certificate of completion. In 1984, at 8-years old, Anita taught her first group of school-aged children how to write about their circumstances. They weren’t enrolled in school due to their parents addiction to crack cocaine, so Mrs. Woodley’s mama would wash down the stairs for her to hold her classes after school. See photo gallery at the bottom of the page.

  • The 2015 program of “Stories Come to Life” was made possible through the CAPS program and is funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) grant, Durham Arts Council (DAC) Annual Arts Fund, and Durham Public Schools (DPS) support. Fresh fruits were delivered and prepared by Grocers On Wheels.
  • The 2014 program of “Stories Come to Life” was made possible through the generous support of the Southwest Durham Rotary Club, Neal Middle School and contributions made to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund.