18 Masonic Street
New London, CT 06320
To arm young voices with the power of pen and prose, reinforcing teamwork, accountability, and responsibility; igniting social change on the page and stage.
About The Block
The Writers Block InK was started in 2003 as a 501c3 non-profit organization to encourage youth to use writing and performance as tools to address personal and social challenges on the community stage. Students create original productions which explore critical themes and issues.
Check out Writer's Block headlining the New London Day's region section!
Click here or on the "What's Happening on the Block" tab above to watch more videos from Summer on the Block 2014
Summer on the Block 2014
Summer On The Block kicks off with a BANG!
Songwriting & Vocal classes
Choreography & Dance
Journalism/ Magazine Publishing
Field trips: Eugene O'Neil “White City” – July 11
Aladdin - Garde Arts – July 18
Ocean Beach Trip – July 26
Celebrating 10+ Years On The Page & Stage....
For more than a decade, The Writer’s Block, Ink has encouraged and inspired youth from Southeastern Connecticut to use writing and performing arts as tools for addressing personal and social challenges. By focusing creative talents on social issues—ranging from peer pressure, bullying, and domestic violence--- to racism, suicide, genocide, and slavery… Block students use the page and the stage to ignite the call and spread awareness for positive change in their lives and communities.
We presented A.C.E awards for leadership in Arts, Community, and Excellence to many community partners and sponsors who have made our mission possible.
Our awards ceremony included performances from across our region and span many decades of work.
We also awarded the very first Morgan J. Penn Scholarship for Leadership in Social Change.
Some of our honorees included:
Clarissa S. Beyah-Taylor* • Theresa Broach • Dr. Karin Edwards
Dr. Shelley Ann des Etages • Shonrael Lanier* • SerinolLowman•Ian Williams
Jackie Bagwell • Christine Haase* • Dianne Kent • Dr. GovindMenon
Nicholas Fortson • Jodi Kelly • AlissaMebus* • Tina McCurdy • Hazel Richardson • Ian C. Thomas
TCORS Attorneys: Tom Riley • Bill Sweeney • Bob Tobin
Xplore: Dan Carey • Glenn Goettler
Richard Hews • Kenneth Kitchings
Safe Futures: Kris Wraight
Michael Bradford • Lisa Giordano •
Melanie Greenhouse •
Dexter Singleton • Alice Fitzpatrick
Mirna Martinez • Arthur Lerner: FRESH New London
Laura Burfoot: Hearing Youth Voices/New London Youth Affairs
Chris Soto: Higher Edge
Susan Connolly, Esq. • Jessica Hill • Andrea Messenger Anthony Nolan: New London Youth Talent Show
Lonnie Braxton II, Esq. • Dr. Grace Jones • Dr. John LaMatina
Brian Oliver • Dr. Michelle Dunlap • Lottie B. Scott
CDR Anna Hickey: US Coast Guard Academy
Noemi Kearns: How2Design
TraceeReiser: Conn College
Jeanne & Steve Sigel - Garde Arts
Val Tamano: New London Public Schools
Adriane Jefferson • Attallah Sheppard • Maya Sheppard
Frank Colmenares • Raymond Edwards Jr.
Morgan J Penn (Dec 15 1985 - Sept 19 2011)
Shawn Rucker • LerninSantosS
Sheryl Hack, Aileen Novack, Barbara Nagy: CT Landmarks