• SF Bay Area Teen Writing Awards 2018: Submit Now!

    Bay Area writers ages 12 to 18
    Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59pm
    Litquake's Lit Crawl: Saturday, October 20th
    Mission District of San Francisco

    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. Additionally, two outstanding submissions by 11th and 12th grade writers will be selected to receive a $250 scholarship.

    Pieces must be submitted by Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59 PM. 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.

    *If you do not have a Gmail account (either a personal one or through your school’s G Suite), please fill out this form and email your piece as an attached Word document to RegisterBayArea@writopialab.org (see email-specific guidelines below).

    The subject line of your email should read:
    Bay Area Teen Writing Awards Submission: FirstName LastName_Title

    Save the doc as:


    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 fall!

    For more information, email RegisterBayArea@writopialab.org.

  • Writopia Lab + Brooklyn Bridge Park Spoken Word Poetry Night

    Granite Park
    Writopia poets ages 12 to 19
    Saturday, September 29th, 2018
    5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Brooklyn Bridge Park -- Granite Prospect at Pier 1

    Celebrate the end of summer with a free poetry reading in the beautiful setting of Brooklyn Bridge Park! Join us for an evening of spoken word poetry performances by our teen poets, with special guest poets from NYC poetry collectives.

    If you’re a Writopia poet (ages 12+) who wants to perform a spoken word poem (up to 3 minutes long), please sign up online here. If you have any questions, please contact Madeline Taylor at madeline@writopialab.org.

  • Writopia Lab Game Night for Parents

    Game Night
    New parents and parents of currently enrolled writers are welcome!
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Thursday, October 11th, 2018
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Writopia's Upper West Side Lab (155 W 81st Street, Suite A)

    Experience firsthand the fun and rigor of Writopia Lab at our Game Night for parents! Join us to play fun and productive writing exercises and group writing games to get a deeper understanding of your young writer’s workshop experience.

    Childcare will be provided upon request. Please RSVP here, and contact Madeline at madeline@writopialab.org with any questions.

  • One-Day Horseback Writing Camp

    Silver Rock Farm
    Writers ages 7 to 11
    Monday, October 8th, 2018
    8:45 AM to 4:00 PM
    Silver Rock Farm
    *Transportation will be provided from Writopia's Upper West Side Lab to and from the farm.

    In the morning, writers will travel to Silver Rock Farm for a horseback riding lesson and animal care adventures in Pearl River, NY. They will eat lunch at the farm, then return to Writopia’s Upper West Side lab for a writing workshop. Please register here and make payment here.

    If you have any questions, please contact registernyc@writopialab.org.

  • Wild Writopia Finds Writing In Nature

    Writing in Nature
    LA writers of all ages and their families!
    When & Where
    Saturday, October 20th, 2018
    10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Family Memoir in Malibu -- Across from Reel Inn
    Saturday, November 17th, 2018
    10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Topanga Lookout Trail
    Saturday, December 15th, 2018
    10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Elysian Park West Loop

    At Writopia, outdoor writing is designed to get writers observing their surroundings, exploring their city, and celebrating sensory details, and we want you to experience it with us! Join us in various locations all over Los Angeles 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 Writopia t-shirt, a sharing circle, and plenty of time for sharing, feedback, and questions about Writopia! All of this for $30 per family.

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

  • Teen Writers' Summit 2018

    Teen writers ages 13 to 19 and their families from the New York metropolitan area!
    Sunday, November 4th, 2018
    10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    The Mission of the Teen Writers’ Summit is to curate a diverse platform for teens to assess and advocate their writing by engaging the journalism, collegiate, and literary landscapes. The Summit will include panel discussions, a college/book fair, and a college essay review station.

    With the help of our teen leaders, we have curated hour-long panel discussions featuring Scholastic Art & Writing representatives, PEN America representatives, directors of undergraduate creative writing programs, literary magazine and book editors, literary agents, and established authors, journalists, playwrights and comedians.

    Take a look at our panel discussions:
    The Silencing of Loud Voices
    What Success Means for a Poet
    What’s Funny?
    Thinking Outside the Stage
    Just Getting Started
    Breaking News
    Writing Outside of Yourself

    RSVP for free to teenwriters@writopialab.org!

  • 5K Run, Walk, or Roll for Writopia!

    All families and all writers of all ages!
    Sunday, November 11th, 2018
    7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Riverside Park
    Enter at Riverside Dr. & 108th St, New York, NY USA

    The event features a professional pre-race warm-up and stretch, a professional announcer, live DJ, and one-of-a-kind Writopia Lab event gear. It will be an amazing time with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and other charitable individuals like yourself. Participants can get free admission to the afterparty: Writopia Lab's Celebration Benefit on November 14th!

    Register and learn more at runtowrite.greatfeats.com.
    For any questions, please email rebecca@writopialab.org.

  • Writopia Lab Benefit 2018

    Donors and parents welcome!
    *Business attire required
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
    6:30 PM – Cocktail Reception and Live Entertainment
    7:00 PM – Feature Presentation honoring 10 of New York City's most promising youth-serving nonprofits
    7:30 PM – Cocktail Reception and Live Entertainment Continue
    9:30 PM – Reception Concludes
    The Grand Hyatt New York at Grand Central Terminal
    109 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

    Come celebrate and support Writopia at Youth INC's 2018 Celebration to Benefit New York Kids! Youth INC uses venture philanthropy to empower NYC-based youth-centered nonprofits like Writopia to build and achieve long-term sustainability. This will help Writopia provide continuous, ongoing support to over 1,000 low-income students in NYC each year, on a weekly basis and throughout the summer in our in-school and after school workshops, in one-on-one sessions, and at our day camps and sleepaway camps.

    Get tickets and learn more at here.
    For any questions, please email milana@writopialab.org.

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