• 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!

  • 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.

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