SF Bay Area Teen Writing Awards 2018: Submit Now!

Writopia Lab in partnership with Litquake invites writers between the ages of 12 to 18 to submit their fiction, memoir, or poetry for a chance to receive an award of recognition. Each award recipient will have the opportunity to be published in Writopia Lab's teen journal The Ellipsis and to participate in a celebratory reading at Litquake’s culminating event: the Lit Crawl.

A broad range of voices, styles, and perspectives will be chosen to be showcased at Lit Crawl, Litquake’s final festive night in the Mission District of San Francisco on Saturday, October 20th.

Pieces must be submitted by Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59pm. To submit your work, please complete this form. Those selected to read their work at Litquake will be notified by October 10th. Submissions are limited to one per writer.


Fiction 1,000 word maximum
Memoir 1,000 word maximum
Poetry 50 line maximum

We look forward to reading your work, and hope to see you at Litquake in October or at a Writopia Lab writing workshop this summer or fall!

For more information, email RegisterBayArea@writopialab.org.

NYC Youth 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
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
Governors Island
Colonels Row
  • 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 4:00 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
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
5:15 PM to 6:45 PM
New York Public Library: St. Agnes Branch (444 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To RSVP, please fill out this form.

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

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

Author's Corner Featuring Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy

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

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
All families and all writers of all ages!
Saturday, May 20th, 2018
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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.


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
Writer's name

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

Write-In Locations

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

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!

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

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

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
Theaterlab (357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10025)

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

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.

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