Youth Programs

Inspiring local high school students through transformative experiences in the classroom and the concert hall.

The Youth Programs of Literary Arts inspire our city’s youth to find their stories and play an active role in the broader community. We provide opportunities for high school students to use their voice through creative writing, Q&As with authors, student readings, and spoken word performance. Much of our work prioritizes underserved communities, and we strive to make our programs as equitable as possible.

Writers in the Schools

Literary Arts hires professional writers to teach creative writing residencies in public high school classrooms. Residencies culminate in student readings, an annual anthology, and a celebration at the Portland Book Festival.

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Students to the Schnitz

By partnering with local schools and community groups Literary Arts provides students with books, tickets, and transportation to concert hall events and bring visiting authors to engage with students at local high schools.

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Verselandia!

This city-wide youth poetry slam offers a public platform for local high school students to showcase their talents on stage. Each year, more than 20 students compete at the championship event, hosted at the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

College Essay Mentoring Project

Volunteers help mentor high school juniors and seniors to brainstorm, edit, and craft personal statements for college applications. Learn more about how to get involved and volunteer.

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Upcoming Youth Events