Creative Writing Project

Creative Writing Project

Altrusa Club members have worked very hard to develop and promote their original Creative Writing Project, "Finding My Voice, Telling My Story."

In 2014, Anaheim Puablic Library and Altrusa International of Anaheim, whose mission includes promoting literacy in their communities, brought a creative writing contest to Ponderosa Elementary School. In 2018, the contest was expanded to included Olive St. and Lincoln Elementary Schools. This served as the inspiration for the Creative Writing Project which this year was introduced to Anaheim Elementary School District's 4th grade students at all 23 schools.

The project presentation students with the Finding My Voice, Telling My Story prompt and provided them with an avenue to self-reflect and use their voices while developing their creative writing skills. A panel of judges consisting of school administrators, parents and representatives from Altrusa and the Anaheim Public LIbrary chose the top essay for each school that is included in this 2019 Finding my Voice, Telling My Story zine. The zine will be a part of the Anaheim Central Libary'scollection and will be available forcheck out. The zine will also be featured at the annual Orange County Zine Festival hosted by the Anaheim Public Library in August 2020.

Altrusan Carol Latham congratuates Versa the 2019 first place winner for Horace Mann Elementary School.


Our Altrusa Club has partnered with the Anaheim Public Library, Ponderosa Elementary School, Ponderosa Joint-Youth Library and the Anaheim City School District to assist local students in improving their writing skills.

Helping Kids Prepare for College Together

Superintendent Dr. Christopher Downing, Anaheim City of Librarian Audrey Lujan, Jackie Filleeck - Member of the AESD Board of Trustees and other dignitaries congratulate another first place winners.

Collectively we sponsored a creative writing project at the Ponderosa Elementary School which is a part of the Anaheim Elementary School District. It is located in a low socio-economic neighborhood of south Anaheim and has very few kids that enter college upon completion of high school.

Honored by City Council

The first place winners and their teachers are honored by the Anaheim City Council. Each participant receives a "Certificate of Participation."

Winners and Dignitaries

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receive a gift card as well as a tote bag filled with books, certificates, pencils and other school supplies.

Hoodie presented to the First Place Winners at all 23 Elementary Schools in the Anaheim School District. In addition to the tote bag, they receive a journal personalized by the judges.

Frank Berry from the Anaheim Public Library Foundation, Altrusans Charlene Bowden and Leslie Johnson and Alejandrina Arellano, a fourth grade Ponderosa teacher, assist all the participating students choose a book to add to their personal libraries.

2019 Creative Writing Project Zine

Each first place winner's essay is compiled into a booklet or Zine. These are made available to these winners, elected officials serving Anaheim, judges, all ten Anaheim Public Libraries and the Elementary School Libraries. This Zine makes all first place winners published authors.