Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

National Steinbeck Center


Drawing from the works of John Steinbeck, the National Steinbeck Center is dedicated to Steinbeck’s creative legacy: to participate, to inspire, to educate, and to understand one another.

The Big Idea

Steinbeck Young Authors addresses the need for middle school students to develop strong reading and writing skills.

In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, John Steinbeck highlighted the importance of literature, writing: “Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.” Indeed--despite our ever-changing world-- strong writing skills and creative thinking continue to be valued assets for professional and personal fulfillment.

Through Steinbeck Young Authors, the NSC offers 3,500 Monterey County middle school students with an unparalleled learning experience. Teachers use NSC curriculum to guide students through Steinbeck’s “The Red Pony.” Selected students tour the museum, learn about Steinbeck’s life, participate in horse-care activities, and write original essays. All of the essays written are compiled and published in a book, The Gabilan Journal, giving students a taste of what it’s like to be published authors.

“[Steinbeck Young Authors] inspired me to write more and encouraged me to tell my story. It made me a better writer by helping me look over my writing more carefully”

- Angel G.