Writers Block Ink Igniting Social Change On The Page & Stage

 

860-44 BLOCK
860-442-5625
18 Masonic Street
 New London, CT 06320

Our Mission

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! 

The Day - Region's youth perform drama of urban violence | News from southeastern Connecticutwww.theday.comNew London — A group of about two dozen local students at New London High School on Saturday staged a performance of “Sincerely, The Streets,” an original play that tackles the... Click the link to read more!

 

Writer's Block TV!

 

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
Visual Journaling
Drawing/Visual Arts
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* • Serinol Lowman  Ian Williams

Jackie Bagwell • Christine Haase* • Dianne Kent • Dr. Govind Menon

Nicholas Fortson • Jodi Kelly • Alissa Mebus* • 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

Owen McKenzie

Tracee Reiser: 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 • Lernin SantosS                                                                                                           

Sheryl Hack, Aileen Novack, Barbara Nagy: CT Landmarks

Reona Dyess: The Drop In Learning Center

Preston Whiteway & Jill Anderson: Eugene O’Neill Theatre

Migdalia Salas & Gina Fafard: I.S.A.A.C.

Tony Mollica: NLCCC

Ron BastineSyeeda BriddellCalan Bryant • Lillian Cooke • 

Adrian Gardner Jaime Guzman • Jameela Jones • Gabriel Kastel

Monica Lasenberry • Camilla Ross • Steven Wilson

Kirshon Augmon • Noah Jenkins • Olivia Jenkins

Jalen SampeurRafiq Taylor • Juanita Wilbur

Isaiah General • Shayla Goode • Emily PrattsAriana SampeurKyanna Stackley

Zachary Ackart • Naomi Jones • Clara Pratts • Derrick Silvan

The Generals • The Sheppards • The Taylors

The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund Pfizer, Inc The Community Foundation of Southeatern Connecticut