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Kids Write to Know

Organizes personalized theme-based creative writing workshops and artistic projects for teachers, parents, students, and businesses! 

Motivate your community to become critical thinkers about a variety of topics.

Inspire  others to discover the power of print for a better future.

 Beautify minds and spaces.

Leave a legacy of positivity, respect and love for future generations!

Award pin receinved in 2012 during the Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles, California.

About Director and Founder


Award Winning Author, Marie Elena Cortes is the Director and Founder of Kids Write to Know ..the power of thinking on paper...and on any thing your mind can imagine! Marie started the writing club in 2005 to help students improve their communication skills and focus on beautification projects in their neighborhoods. Today, Kids Write to Know gets invited to schools and events all over the world. Experience it yourself and invite Marie Elena to your campus, festival or conference!


Cortes will motivate everyone to improve their communication skills and to beautify their mind and spaces, no matter how old you are.

If your school or business would like to sponsor a writing workshop or an art beautification project at your school or business, please email Marie at:


You will get a tax-credit for your donation!

Marie and her son Mark became business partners, after her battle with cancer in 2018.

Their goal is to make a bigger impact and inspire communities all over the world 

by helping them discovering the power of thinking on paper.

Reserve your date TODAY!


There are a few ways you can help your students and teachers shine brighter:

1.-Invite us to your campus to plan a powerful workshop with your teachers, parents, and/or students.


2.-Visit our video podcast and watch the live recordings that my son, Mark, and I share to help all of us SHINE brighter...we can also go to your campus to produce a live video podcast there!


3.-Let us help you plan a beautification art project on your walls! Yes, we can create art or write positive quotes that will motivate your students.


Let's shine brighter than yesterday, because it matters to the people we love!


Together we can be a light in this world and leave a legacy that will inspire future generations.


Call or email us, so we can book a workshop or to set up a school tour and begin planning your beautification project.


with Marie Elena Cortes & Mark Sedgwick

YouTube Channel:

Shine with Marie & Mark

Launching NEGLECTED BY TWO COUNTRIES in New York at the BEA Conference.

"Let's nurture our country with great thoughts and fair laws. For we will never get higher than what we think and write!"

-Marie Elena Cortés

"It's an honor to work with my son,

Mark Sedgwick. Him and his sister inspired me to publish "My Annoying Little Brother" in 2005, to help children get long and live in perfect harmony. Today, they both make me so proud. I have watched them grow up and turn into a responsible and productive citizens!


As parents, we have the power to help our kids

SHINE bright in everything they do. I invite all parents to be a light in their children's life, spark positivity and greatness in them. It is our duty to Model what you want to see in them!"- Marie Elena Cortes

Book signing at a private school in League City, Texas

What Authors Do

Invite Marie Elena to share her story as an author, teacher, parent, and community leader. She will inspire your students to look at writing in a positive way. For author visits and presentations please email

Discover the power of thinking on paper!

Kids Write to Know Writing Workshop
Writing beautifies the soul!
Book signing and presentations.
Author visit
Marie Elena Cortes with California Ambassador, Julian Nava in Los ANgeles, California
Book Fair in LA
Kids Write to Know volunteering at a Houston Toy Giveaway

Celebrate Writing

every December 13th

Write a poem, a story, a joke or words of wisdom. All you have to do is put your thoughts on whatever your mind can imagine...paper, canvas, concrete, wood, plastic or metal and decorate it!

Complete your creations and scan your work or take a photo and email it to: by December 9th.

Schools who submit the most writing pieces will receive a complimentary author visit before the holidays! 

Kids Write to Know worshops

To schedule a workshop, interview or presentation at your school, church, library, conference or literacy your date today. Text or call 

(832) 388-8218

To schedule a workshop, interview or presentation at your school, church, library, conference or literacy your date today. Text or call (832) 388-8218


Where has Marie Elena presented?






Adoption Centers


Day Camps

Educational Conferences

Grocery Stores

Art Galleries

Convention Centers


In what cities?


Los Angeles, CA

Vista, CA

Anaheim, CA

Long Beach, CA

San Bernardino, CA

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

Chicago, IL

New York, NY

New Orleans, LA

Austin, TX

El Paso, TX

Galveston, TX

Mission, TX

Friendswood, TX

Pasadena, TX

Pearland, TX

Katy, TX

Mission, TX

Humble, TX

Sugarland, TX

San Antonio, TX

Montgomery, TX

Houston, TX

Dallas, TX

Webster, TX

In what countries?

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mx


Caguas, Puerto Rico

Quito, Ecuador


Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Frankfurt, Germany


For references, please visit Friends page

Letters of LOVE to Our Community

"I started the this "Homework Assignment" for ALL of my fellow citizens in the USA. 💕💕❤️❤️💕💕

This is an opportunity for all of us to UNITE and discover the power of WRITING WITH 💕LOVE 💕...not with hate, racism, criticism, nor any negativity. Only one expectation to get an A+ and make a difference in our country:

ALL writing needs to be POSITIVE and INSPIRE LOVE. 💜 and COMPASSION.

Write a note, poem, song, or a story...add art to make a bigger impact!

Let's create murals of LOVE & POSITIVITY!!! Sprinkle KINDNESS and change the world with your spark. Let's SHINE brighter than yesterday."-Marie Elena Cortes

Discover the power of thinking on paper!

Note: One teacher or aide, per class, must stay during the entire book reading or writing workshop to supervise students.

Marie Elena will help your classroom plan and organize an unforgetable writing project. Students will not forget her words of advise and writing tips!

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