Teen Intensives


Publishing Submissions Prep

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Our writers submit to a variety of publications, contests, and recognition programs, including the Scholastic Writing Awards, Stone Soup, Teen Ink, and more. Each month we send out an email to our community with a list of submission opportunities to literary magazines and writing contests.

We are now offering a five-hour Submissions Prep workshop for teens to explore the wide variety of publishing platforms available to teen writers. In this one-day workshop, writers will learn about different avenues for publishing both short- and long-form work. Attendees will work with our instructors in small groups on developing, deepening, and submitting their work to their chosen venues. There will also be informational Q&A sessions with professionals in the field.

Whether or not a piece is accepted for publication, the submission process inspires our entire community to write at our highest level and to complete pieces. As a resource for parents, this article by Writopia Lab’s Executive Director offers advice on how to talk to teen writers about the submissions process.


Poetry

Sunday April 11th, 12PM-5PM EDT, 9AM-2PM, PDT

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I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead
Playwright Tom Stoppard, The Real Thing


Not only does April bring new beginnings, it brings a celebration of poetry. Amanda Gorman, in her inaugural poem The Hill We Climb, challenges all of us to “be brave” and to both see and be the light. How can we use our words to transcend boundaries and form community ? Come nudge the world a little and explore your own relationship to language; in this intensive workshop we will dive into different forms of poetry (including Spoken Word), peer editing, and culminating with a “surprise” appearance by a published poet.

You will also have the chance to perform your poetry for the wider community at our next Spoken Word night on Thursday April 22nd at 5:30.


Memoir

Sunday May 16, 12PM-5PM EDT, 9AM-12PM, PDT

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Memoir is based on memory, a crossroads between fact and fiction/truth. This genre pushes us to deeply examine ourselves and our experiences, weaving narratives that explore the past through the lens of the present. How do we examine the past? Can we trust our memory? What is emotional truth? In this workshop, writers will explore intersections of their own memories and truths. They’ll also explore methods for archiving experiences, establishing a recognizable narrative voice, and creating a compelling personal story.

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