• 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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
    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

  • 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
    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 5:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday.

    Please email Abby@WritopiaLab.org for more information!

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