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NAC Summer 2017 Program

The NAC is proud to offer its NAC Scholars exciting summer programming that includes workshops, activities, field trips, college tours, and a one-week intensive writing program called Barrio Writers.  

NAC Barrio Writers      

The Nicholas Academic Centers has partnered with Barrio Writers to host a 1-week summer writing program at our downtown Santa Ana NAC location.  

We invite all of our 8th - 12th grade students and alumni to participate in this writing program.  Students will learn different forms of writing including: poetry, spoken word, short stories, and essays.  The Barrio Writers program is free for NAC students and alumni, but space is limited.  

Schedule of Writing Workshops 
(participants must attend all 5 days)

1-4pm Monday, July 24, 2017
NAC Annex

(324 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701)

Corner of 4th St. and Birch St.

1-4pm Tuesday, July 25, 2017
NAC Annex

1-4pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017
NAC Annex

1-4pm Thursday, July 27, 2017
NAC Annex

1-4pm Friday, July 28, 2017
NAC Annex

9th Annual Barrio Writers Live Reading
2-4pm Saturday, July 29, 2017 Live Reading

CSUF Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Event Page:


NAC Scholars...register below to reserve your spot.



Barrio Writers was founded by Sarah Rafael García, author of Las Niñas: A Collection of Childhood Memories, in June 2009.

The Barrio Writers program consists of free workshops & additional "Café 
Hours" (one-on-one tutoring) throughout the academic summer break & monthly cultural arts events during the school year for teens. Through these workshops & events, students will build their skills in reading, grammar, creative writing, critical-thinking and freedom of expression through the cultural arts.

One goal of the program is to publish an anthology collection of written works demonstrating the diverse backgrounds of teenagers. All profits from the book will be returned to the Barrio Writersprogram for future years. The long-term goal is to publish a new edition each year with hopes that more neighborhoods will adopt the program.

The writing workshops are designed to empower the teenage community while establishing a self-sufficient educational program that will represent community pride, perseverance & endless possibilities for following generations.

NAC Workshops, Activities and Field Trips

June 27th - July 28th


12 PM - 7 PM 



Please call our individual centers if you have specific questions about  specific programming.

NAC I - Downtown Santa Ana: 714-834-0521

NAC II - Valley High School: 714-241-6550

NAC III: Century High School: 714-972-7180

                                       NAC College Fairs                                    

NAC Scholars can sign up to attend the NAC sponsored fieldtrip to the Colleges that Change Lives Fair.