We’re always looking for volunteers to join the team for our free writing programs. We work with students in groups and one-on-one to develop their creative and expository writing skills. Austin Bat Cave works with volunteers with a range of classroom experience. Our students benefit from our volunteers’ passionate mentorship and individual feedback.
COVID-19 Update: Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, all ABC programs are currently taking place online! Our volunteer community—no longer bound to place—is expanding to include writers and educators from around the country, and they are already brainstorming new ways to support and inspire student writers. Creative writing, and its ability to help us process, transfigure, and transcend the world around us, is more essential now than ever. We can’t wait to keep writing and sharing the stories that help us connect and thrive, even when we’re far apart. To get involved in virtual volunteering, check out the opportunities below and let us know if you have any questions. Then, sign up to volunteer!
Summer 2020 Virtual Volunteer Opportunities & Online Writing Lab (OWL) Projects
Daily Writing Prompts & Lesson Plans
Dates & times flexible; Google Docs
Work with ABC staff to develop daily writing prompts and creative writing lesson plans to be shared on ABC’s online writing lab and with our community partners at Title 1 schools in Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, and Manor ISD.
DIY Video Lessons
Dates & times flexible; YouTube or Vimeo
Record a video creative writing or crafting lesson for kids (e.g. how to write a haiku, how to write dialogue, how to make a bookmark, etc.). These videos will be shared on the OWL and with our partners at Title 1 schools!
Fall 2020 Opportunities
Weekly After-School Writing Clubs
Dates, times, and locations flexible; Zoom or In-Person TBD
Our weekly after-school creative writing clubs serve elementary school students in 3rd-5th grade in Austin ISD, Manor ISD, and Del Valle ISD. These workshops teach students a variety of creative writing forms, from poetry to fiction to comic book writing, to help students grow their voices and tell their stories.
College Essay Writing — Mentor a Student!
Dates & times flexible; Zoom or Google Docs
Support high school juniors and seniors as they write first drafts of their college admissions essays! Get to know your student, brainstorm essay ideas via Zoom, and read essay drafts / leave comments via Google Docs.