NYC Poetry Festival 2018

This summer, Writopia is partnering with the Poetry Society of New York to host the 2018 Youth Poetry Festival on July 28th and 29th from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Join us on Governors Island for free Teen Poetry Workshops, staged readings, an island-wide scavenger hunt, and more! For teens ages 13+ interested in attending the one-day (either Saturday or Sunday) poetry workshops, please register here. The all-ages scavenger hunt does not require registration.
Poetry Fest 2017
When
Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th, 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Scavenger Hunt: All day (Complete at your own pace!)
  • Teen Poetry Workshops: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Staged Readings:
    • Teen Workshoppers: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Scavenger Hunt Participants: 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Where
Governors Island
Colonels Row
Details
  • For Teens ages 13+: Register for a one-day (either Saturday or Sunday) poetry workshop taught by a published poet. Participants will meet in age-based groups to write and revise original poetry, and explore the island on a poetry hike. Each day will culminate in a staged reading for family and friends. Participants must bring their own lunch.
    • 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM: Workshop 1 - Creating content
    • 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM: Lunch break
    • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Poetry hike around the island
    • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Workshop 2 - Revision and performance techniques
    • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Staged reading
  • For All: Island-wide scavenger hunt. Read, write, and find poetry (at your own pace) throughout the island and make your way to Colonels Row where participants can add a line or two to the 2018 Youth Poetry Festival collaborative poem. Participants can also sign up to read their original writing at our staged readings taking place at 5:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday.
   

Please email Abby@WritopiaLab.org for more information!

End-of-Spring 2018 Trimester Readings

Join us for Writopia Lab's 2018 Spring Reading Series! All enrolled writers are welcome to read a one-minute excerpt from their finished works from the spring trimester at their respective region's reading.

Upper West Side
When
Ages 12+: Thursday, May 31st, 2018
5:15 PM to 6:45 PM
Ages 6-11: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
5:15 PM to 6:45 PM
Where
New York Public Library: St. Agnes Branch (444 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024)
Details

To RSVP or for more details, please email Milana@writopialab.org

Brooklyn Park Slope
When
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where
Brooklyn Public Library: Park Slope Branch (431 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
Details

To RSVP or for more details, please email RegisterBK@writopialab.org

Washington, D.C. Metro
When
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where
Tenleytown Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016)
Details

To RSVP or for more details, please email RegisterDC@writopialab.org

Westchester
When
Monday, June 18th, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where
Katonah Village Library (26 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536)
Details

To RSVP or for more details, please email RegisterNYMN@writopialab.org

Chicago
Details coming soon!
Los Angeles
When
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
3:00 PM
Where
Barnes & Noble in The Grove (189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Details

To RSVP, please fill out this form.

San Francisco Bay Area
When
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
3:00 PM
Where
East Bay Booksellers (5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA. 94618)
Details

To RSVP or for more details, please email RegisterBayArea@writopialab.org

Author's Corner Featuring Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy

Becoming Madeleine
When
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where
Crestwood Library
16 Thompson Street, Yonkers, NY 10707
Details

Longtime Writopia instructor Léna Roy and her sister Charlotte Jones Voiklis (also a Writopia mom) will be reading from their middle grade biography of Madeleine L'Engle: Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters. They will also be discussing the writing and publishing process.

Entry is $20 for the cost of the book and pizza!

Sign up here.

Bay Area Poetry Hike

Poetry Hike
Who
All families and all writers of all ages!
When
Saturday, May 20th, 2018
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where
TBD
Details

At Writopia, poetry hikes are designed to get writers outside to observe their surroundings and explore and celebrate sensory details, and we want you to experience it with us! Join us in the East Bay, and write in nature, become acquainted with Writopia, and meet other young writers and writerly families in your community.

We will provide a writing prompt, notebooks and pens, a sharing circle, and plenty of time for sharing, feedback, and questions about Writopia!

To RSVP, please email RegisterBayArea@writopialab.org

$30 per family.

Location

National Write-In and Write-A-Thon

National Write-In

National Write-In
and Write-A-Thon!

On April 22nd, Writopia Lab will lead two programs: 1) a National Write-In at seven locations across the country for writers ages 12-18 and/or 2) a Write-A-Thon, during which writers of all ages across the country help raise funds to bring writing workshops and ongoing literacy support to families in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

   

The Write-In

Write all day, make friends, meet your writing goals.

Dedicated, passionate writers ages 12 to 18 join together for an all-day writing session in every Writopia region across the country. Participants meet with nationally recognized writers, work with Writopia’s professional writing instructors, and bond with writers from their area. Whether you’re an experienced Writopian or have never heard of us, if you’re excited to spend a day writing, we’re excited to host you!

The Write-In includes:

  • quiet, uncensored writing spaces,
  • a community of dedicated, passionate writers,
  • Writopia instructors,
  • laptops (though you can bring your own if you would like to),
  • a 20-minute poetry (un)slam,
  • an author visit,
  • pizza and snacks, and
  • an opportunity to help raise funds to support teen writers through the Write-A-Thon (not required).
Register Now!
National Write-In
Fee
Location
Writer's name

Region specific details coming soon! For questions about this event, please contact us.

Write-In Locations

NYC (UWS)
The Dome

486 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
New York Metro North
Writopia Lab

104 North Washington Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Washington, D.C. Metro
4H National Conference Center

7100 Connecticut Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Chicago (West Loop)
641 W Lake St
Suite 200, Chicago IL 60661
Los Angeles (Westside)
Writopia Lab

10642 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90025
San Francisco Bay Area
Oakland

5951 College Ave,
Oakland, CA 94618

The Write-A-Thon

Whether you’re writing at one of our locations or writing from home, or whether you're six or sixty six, you can help raise the funds needed to continue bringing our programs to resident kids and teens at domestic violence shelters and Homes for the Homeless family shelters.

Participants will solicit donations based on the number of words they write during the day, as we work to raise $35,000 for school-year off-site programs and summer scholarships. For example, someone who contributes ten cents per word to a writer who writes 1,000 words, would end up giving $100.

Please visit the Write-A-Thon page to register, learn about the process, and download a pledge sheet.

Thank you so much for your support! You can learn more about the work we do at Homes for the Homeless and other programs we run on our outreach page.

Click here to Register now for the Write-In and/or Write-A-Thon!

Upper West Music Fest 2018

Upper West Music Fest

Writopia is proud to present the Upper West Side Teen Music Festival

The UWS Teen Music Festival is an opportunity for teenage musicians between the ages of 15 to 18 to showcase their best, original songs. The festival welcomes rock bands, rappers, and and solo acts alike to perform fifteen-minute sets of original material. Not part of Writopia? No worries, the UWS Teen Music Festival is open to all to perform.

Writopia supports performers to challenge their audience with provocative, thought provoking subject matter but does not support hate speech which we define as making statements by which a group is threatened, insulted or degraded due to race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, faith, sexual orientation, disability, body type, sex or gender.

Festival Details

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Saturday, May 19th

The Loft
150 W 83rd St
New York, NY 10024

Submit your music to be part of the Festival!

Submission is free!

 

The deadline to submit is Friday, April 6th at midnight. Final lineup will be determined by May 1st.

Purchase Tickets

Click here to purchase tickets!

Wild Writopia!

When
Saturday, May 12th, 2018
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where
Oceanfront parallel to Reel Inn
18661 Pacific Coast Hwy
Details

At Writopia, outdoor writing is designed to get writers observing their surroundings, exploring the city, and celebrating sensory details, and we want you to experience it with us! Join us in various locations all over Los Angeles to write in nature, become acquainted with Writopia, meet our regional manager, and get to know other young writers and writerly families in your community.

Families will enjoy writing about a shared funny or dramatic experience each from your own perspective. (One rule: no one can say, "That's not how it happened!")

The program costs $30 per family, which includes a complimentary t-shirt.

RSVP to KimberlyFaith@writopialab.org to secure your spot and get further information about the event!

Worldwide Plays Festival 2018

WPF
When
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
6PM, 8PM
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
6PM, 8PM
Friday, May 11th, 2018
6PM, 8PM
Saturday, May 12th, 2018
12PM, 6PM, 8PM
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
12PM, 2PM
Where
Theaterlab (357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10025)
Details

Following the great success of the immersive production of WPF’s 2017 Home plays, where every play took place in a different room in a home, this year, playwrights must set their plays at a school, where there is so much more to learn than what’s on the board.

School is where people come to learn and come to teach, but it’s also where people fall in love, come out, protest, and pray. It’s where friendships are formed, where trust is broken, where people make the team and get cut from the play, where teachers are fired and heroes are made.

Tickets to all shows are $20. Link for tickets coming soon!

The Next Chapter: Student Voices Against Gun Violence

The Next Chapter
Who
All teens ages 12 or older
When
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
6:30 PM
Where
7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Details

On Thursday, April 26th, teens from across New York will be coming together for an evening of poetry, prose, and performance as they speak out against gun violence.

Writopia teens and Grassroots Fitness teens invite all teens, ages 12 to 18, to join us in support and solidarity. To attend or perform at the event, please register by filling out this form.

2018 Bay Area Scholastic Readings

Scholastic Reading

Writopia Lab, in partnership with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, invites you and your family to celebrate! We are hosting two events for students who received a 2018 Scholastic Writing Award, one in the East Bay and one in the South Bay.

South Bay
When
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where
Books Inc. (74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, CA 94301)
Details

Scholastic winners in the South Bay area are invited to read a one-minute excerpt from their awarded work. Light refreshments will follow.

RSVP here to reserve a spot!

East Bay
When
Sunday, March 25th, 2018
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where
East Bay Book Sellers (5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618)
Details

Scholastic winners in the East Bay area are invited to read a one-minute excerpt from their awarded work. Light refreshments will follow.

RSVP here to reserve a spot!

Page 1 of 5

Connect & Interact with us on:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Tumblr
  • Email