Shout Mouse Press
Shout Mouse Press is a non-profit writing and publishing program dedicated to amplifying underheard voices. The communities we serve are underrepresented, both as characters and as creators, in the traditional publishing marketplace. We believe that by supporting these groups to write and publish their own books, we can amplify authentic voices who respond to community needs. Our authors change and reclaim the narrative, adding necessary complexity, empathy, and humanity to the stories of marginalized communities — and prove themselves as powerful thought leaders for all.
Writing Prompts and Discussion Questions
Check out the writing prompts that generated Shout Mouse Press's collection of DC teen-authored memoirs and novels! Some curriculum guides also include classroom activities and discussion questions.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Diversity
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: (not provided)
Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Shout Mouse Press Author Talk Program
Presented by: Shout Mouse Press
Through the Author Talk Program, teen authors from Shout Mouse Press discuss their award-winning novels, memoirs, poetry, and graphic novels. Topics include: immigration, Islamophobia, youth incarceration, #BlackLivesMatter, and more. Shout Mouse Press authors speak bravely and boldly about their experiences to combat ignorance and build empathy. To date, SMP authors have reached over 20,000 people — in-person and virtually — through Author Talks at schools, universities, professional development sessions, book festivals, and more! Says one participating educator: “For my students, writing is the hardest thing… they don’t know what to write about. But when you put someone in front of them who they can identify with... It opens up a whole level of motivation and engagement.”
Length of Event: 1-2 Hours
Content Area: English/Language Arts
Medium: Social Justice; Writing/Reading/Journalism
Learning Standards: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study. Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Grade(s): 4th-12th & Adult/ Alternative Education
Ticket capacity (per show): 50
Catalog of Books and Authors
Writers in Schools - Young Author Book Talks
Presented by: Shout Mouse Press + PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools
In partnership with PEN/Faulkner Writers-in-Schools, teen authors from Shout Mouse Press discuss their award-winning novels, memoirs, poetry, and graphic novels. Topics include: immigration, Islamophobia, youth incarceration, #BlackLivesMatter, and more. Program includes classroom set of books via PEN/Faulkner (free for Title I schools, sliding scale for others) and an author talk by Shout Mouse teen authors. Says one participating educator: “For my students, writing is the hardest thing… they don’t know what to write about. But when you put someone in front of them who they can identify with... It opens up a whole level of motivation and engagement.”
Length of Program: 1 day; Visits can accommodate most class periods and up to 30 students at a time; book clubs; or other school-based sessions.
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts; Foreign Language; History & Geography; Diversity
Grades: 6th - 12th
Capacity: Ideally 20 students per class, or combined classes of 40-50 students max, with at least two teachers present.