About the project
Narrating, talking, writing, translating: Language is always both an access point to and an indicator of participation in society. Our project, “Weltenschreiber – Das Literaturvermittlungsprogramm für Kinder und Jugendliche” (Writers of Worlds – A Creative Writing Program for Children and Adolescents), aims to give young people an introduction to artistic forms of expression as a means to actively participate in society. The program focuses on methods of creative writing that can strengthen linguistic abilities and self-expression, as well as (self-)reflection and empathy for different mindsets and behaviors. Furthermore, creative writing helps children and adolescents to develop their own opinions. During the pilot phase from 2018 through 2020, the program will be run at the literature associations in Rostock and Stuttgart, and the Literary Center Göttingen. Each of these institutions, located in three different German states, cooperates closely with five schools of different levels to offer young people one- to two-year writing workshops. Well-known authors teach creative writing as an integral part of the regular German curriculum.