National Steinbeck Center
The National Steinbeck Center is located just blocks away from the childhood home of John Steinbeck in Salinas, California. The Center has deep roots in the Salinas community and houses a wonderful museum dedicated to Steinbeck's life, his works, and the causes he championed. The National Steinbeck Center is host to a variety of community events, including the Steinbeck Festival, held annually in the Spring.
The National Steinbeck Center has an excellent educational outreach program whose crowning jewel is the Steinbeck Young Authors Program (SYA). The SYA is a drop-in curriculum that provides teachers with a structured, scaffolded approach to the writing process. Students move step-by-step through the writing and critical thinking process, building towards a culminating assignment, an analytical paper on "The Gift," the first story in The Red Pony. Participating Schools from across the Salinas Valley send a select few students to the Center for a Day of Writing.