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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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