Writers Block Ink Igniting Social Change On The Page & Stage

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Beyond Bars: The Ripple Effect 

(a writer's block production)

Thursday August 10th at 7:00 pm; Friday August 11th at 7:00 pm; Saturday August 12th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

ISAAC, 190 Governor Winthrop Boulevard, New London

A community caught in the web of incarceration.  A group of teens with hopes, ideas, and aspirations of escaping the cycle.  The Writer's Block Cast tackles the penetrating topic of mass incarceration through an original script, new musical composition, and imaginative dance.  Please join us for this special opportunity to witness the ripple effect... beyond bars.

Admission: $10.00 Adults & $7.00 Seniors/Students  Tickets are available at The Block Office or online: http://writersblocktherippleeffect.brownpapertickets.com/




General Operating Hours:    Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

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Writer's Block Wish List

Folding Chairs

Art Supplies

Healthy Snacks

Food for Cast during performances

Concessions for Block Store

Large Projection Screen

Video Camera

Digital Camera

Stage Speakers

Classroom Speakers

Stage Microphones


860-44 BLOCK
12 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.



The 2017 Summer on The Block Talent Showcase

Thursday, August 3rd  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Enjoy a night of talented artists showcasing their skills-

and you can join in and share your talents too!

Open to the Public

Admission: Donation*


For more information call us at 860-442-5625

You Are Now A Butterfly with By Faith

Saturday July 29th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Writers Block Ink, 12 Masonic Street, New London

Join us as we conclude our Raising Voices Against Domestic Violence sessions with an artistic filled evening of painting with "By Faith".  Free to attend.


Writer’s Block Ink and Safe Futures partnered to raise voices against domestic violence. This project aimed to engage the Southeastern CT community in the collecting and expressing of first-person stories through interactive community forums, creative storytelling studio sessions, and the creation of an original performance chronicling stories of survival and hope.

Domestic violence affects people in our communities both locally and globally, regardless of race, gender, class, age, sexuality, ethnicity, or ability. We are impacted as direct victims, but more often as witnesses and as a support person for the someone going through abuse. Writer's Block Ink and Safe Futures believe that every person has the power to raise their voice to heal, educate, and prevent domestic violence.

We invite women and men from every corner of our community to join us in Raising Voices Against Domestic Violence!

This project was made possible with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information call 860-44-BLOCK or email us at writersblock2@gmail.com

If you are in a Domestic Violence crisis situation call 888-774-2900.  For information about Safe Futures visit http://www.safefuturesct.org/



The 2016 ACE Awards- More than 10 Years Strong

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.  



TCORS Attorneys: Tom Riley • Bill Sweeney • Bob Tobin   

Xplore Productions: Dan Carey   

Safe Futures: Kris Wraight

FRESH New London: Arthur Lerner

Hearing Youth Voices/New London Youth Affairs: Laura Burfoot

Higher Edge: Chris Soto 

US Coast Guard Academy: CDR Anna Hickey

How2Design: Noemi Kearns

Connecticut College: Tracee Reiser

Garde Arts Center: Jeanne & Steve Sigel

New London Public Schools: Val Tamano

CT Landmarks: Sheryl Hack, Aileen Novack, Barbara Nagy

The Drop In Learning Center: Reona Dyess

Eugene O'Neill Theatre: Preston Whiteway & Jill Anderson

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

NLCCC: Tony Mollica

New London Youth Talent Show: Anthony Nolan

Glenn Goettler • Richard Hews • Kenneth Kitchings • Michael Bradford • Lisa Giordano • Melanie Greenhouse • Dexter Singleton • Alice Fitzpatrick • Mirna Martinez • Susan Connolly, Esq. • Jessica Hill • Andrea Messenger • Lonnie Braxton II, Esq. • Dr. Grace Jones • Dr. John LaMatina • Brian Oliver • Dr. Michelle Dunlap  • Lottie B. Scott • Owen McKenzie • Adriane Jefferson • Attallah Sheppard • Maya Sheppard • Frank Colmenares • Raymond Edwards Jr. • Morgan J Penn (Dec 15 1985 - Sept 19 2011) • Shawn Rucker • Lernin Santos • 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 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 Southeastern Connecticut