The students at the Centers for Reading and Writing in New York City are ordinary heroes and model storytellers, committed to hard work, education, and expanding their experiences one word at a time.

In a two-fold evening of words and rewards, the Storylines Project brings together great published writing and great personal writing. Each year, an author and a book that touch the hearts and needs of the library literacy community are honored. At the same time, literacy writers—their hard work and their stories—are rewarded and highlighted.

              6 - 8:30 pm


WHO CAN ATTEND: Members of the CRW who have submitted written pieces to the Storylines Project and have signed up with the heads of their Centers.

WHO CAN SUBMIT:  Any student enrolled in the Center for Reading and Writing’s city-wide program may submit a piece of their own writing for the Storylines Award. All applicant pieces will be read and judged by authors Walter Dean Myers/Christopher Myers.

Every student submitting a piece receives a free copy of the judging author’s book, affixed with the Storylines  seal.  

On December 13, the Myerses’ book, We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart, will be awarded the Storylines Award.  The Myerses will discuss literacy with the students and library community at the awards celebration. They will honor the four finalists and sixteen honorable mentions from the student submissions. Each student selected will be recognized for their efforts and achievements, and awarded a gift from the NCV Foundation 

Food and festivities will follow the event.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet the authors and one another at a reception.