Where writers grow.


We believe it is crucial to bring magic into writing spaces; to foster imagination, creativity, and discovery; and to see minds open and pencils move.


Help us launch our Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trips! Thanks to ArtsMatch, your donation can be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $11,000! Matching funds are made possible by LG&E and KU in partnership with Fund for the Arts. Learn more here!

“I am an author. My words are powerful. No, I don’t mean strong like muscles. I mean emotional.” — Jasmine, age 11


Our Mission

We are a nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY that inspires students ages 6 - 18 from under-resourced communities to grow their imaginations through writing—to see minds open and pencils move. 

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“I am an author. My words are wise like the tortoise taking his time, setting his pace. My words are strong like the waves that knock you down, but sweet like the sand waiting to catch your fall.” — Kylie, age 11




“I am an author. My words are like my teachers—brave, strong, and powerful.” — Hayley, age 11


Our Impact

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50 of our students participated in our Young Authors Book Project. Over the course of a semester, they spent 42 hours working one-on-one and in small groups with our volunteers. 95% of these students showed categorical growth in their academic writing skills. 

Our Programs


This fall, we are continuing our partnership with Olmsted Academy South! During the fall semester, we'll spend three hours a week with a class of seventh-grade girls. These students will read, reimagine, and write fairytales. Their stories will show that girls have all the armor they need to tackle current issues—words, friendship, and imagination!

 In the spring semester, sixth-graders will write poems to encourage social change. Their work will revolve around community, feminism, and identity—and how those things intersect.

We will publish all the work from these young writers in a book! 


writers room — olmsted academy south

Twice a week, students come to our enchanted forest of learning at Olmsted Academy South. Volunteers help students with homework and the daily writing prompt! 



Writing Roadshows are one to two hour, pre-set, high energy writing lesson plans for elementary and high school. Teachers select a writing plan that fits their class.


AFter-school Tutoring — portland

We are thrilled to start offering after-school tutoring at our very own space in Portland in Spring 2019! Students will recieve homework help and academic support. Our volunteers are engaged, energetic community members who believe that one-on-one support leads to success in learning. Students will also have creative writing and publishing opportunities! 





December 2018

“Our vision is to be a go-to organization for people who want to volunteer in support of our public schools, especially for literacy and for schools in the most traditionally underserved areas of our city.” 

"Sharing Young Voices"
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Get Involved

We are always looking for volunteers to work with our students—we believe that one-on-one attention from a caring adult is what helps students grow.  We have a lot of opportunities that take place outside of the classroom too: curriculum development, copyediting, design, illustration, event planning, and shop keeping. We are always looking for ways to collaborate with other artists and community organizations too! 


Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are the heart and energy of our work. Whether you want to work directly with our students or you would prefer a behind-the-scenes, eyes-peeled-for-comma-splices job, we want to hear from you!



Make a Donation

Young Authors Greenhouse needs your help to grow! Our goal is to increase confidence and academic performance of many students through in-school projects, after-school tutoring, workshops, and field trips. Every contribution will be used in a meaningful way to support Young Authors Greenhouse and our students.