The programs below are for folks in Grades 7-10 to explore their creative writing skills! Learn more below:
A Writer's Best Friend: Revision (In-Person)
March 28 - May 2, 3:45-4:45PM
Revision. Beautiful. Messy. Painful. But so very important. Literally meaning to 'see again', revision is a never ending art that can always be improved upon. A process that asks a writer to add, rearrange, and (most terrifyingly) cut words, sentences, paragraphs and pages. Revision is the last step every writer must take before handing in a finished product. Join this five week, in person program where we as writers will learn the best way to revise through the practical skill of revising our own body of art and the work of others! Please come to this workshop with at least one rough draft (page min: 1, page max: 10) that you don't mind workshopping! This workshop is for serious writers, non-serious writers, and everyone in between. Click here to register for the entire five-week session!
Strengthening Voice Through Journaling (Virtual)
March 30 - April 13, 6:00-7:00PM
What is voice? Is it the sound of language through open lips? Or the subtle expression of personality, deciphered by tone, inflection and diction? Is it only heard? Or can it be seen and felt? A unique imprint shared through vocals, writings or illustrations, voice is a powerful tool that can inspire and destroy. Strengthening your voice, as a writer, will not only help you better understand yourself, but can also help you better understand and conceive fictional characters. Join this three-week writing program where through journaling prompts and activities writers will learn how to empower their voice, and fortify the voices of characters we all have inside of ourselves. Click here to register for the entire three-week session!
A Writer's Challenge: Poetry (Virtual)
April 27 - May 25, 6:00-7:00PMPoetry, a bane, a release. Some think it’s hard, others believe its a crime, if the words don’t rhyme and aren’t timed. I see it as a collection of words, feelings that looks into the heart of one’s vulnerability. Poetry is beauty, a story, lessons, understood by some, shared with the open intention that everyone will decipher, investigate meaning differently. What a powerful form of literature. Join this five-week, virtual, program and discover the benefits and broad horizon of poetry and what it means to be a poet. This program is for serious poets, non-serious poets, and everyone in between. Click here to register for this five-week program!
Self Care - Taking Back Power (In-Person)
May 9 - 30, 3:45-4:45PM
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde
Now a pretty buzzword garnering 11 billion dollars, the concept of self care isn't what it used to be. Once upon a time it was a battle cry for the most vulnerable to care for themselves, and their communities, in a society that considered them (and still considers us) disposable and invisible. Meanings might have changed, but it's never too late to bring this empowering concept back to its roots.
Join this three-week, in person, program where we will learn about the importance of taking back our power from an unjust system. Self care is more than pretty candles and yoga retreats - it's an act of resilience! Click here to register for this three-week program - please note that registration will open on April 25th!
If you have any questions about these programs, e-mail Ilana Arnold, Librarian, Teen Services for more information.