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Youth Events  

WITS Writers-in-Residence Reading

Literary Arts is honored to have accomplished poets, journalists, novelists, essayists, and playwrights teaching creative writing to high school students in the Writers in the Schools program. This month, the public will have the opportunity to hear from a selection of WITS writers-in-residence as they share their own pieces. The event will include readings by

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Youth Events  

Verselandia! 2019

Celebrate Portland’s youth poets during our eighth annual Verselandia! poetry slam. Students perform original work in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.

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May 15

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May 16

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May 16

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Verselandia! East Side Slam

  Literary Arts’ Youth Programs presents the first annual Verselandia! East Side Slam. Cheer on high school students in your community as they perform original poetry in front of a panel of judges. Students from participating East Multnomah County high schools will be competing at this event. Following the same rules as national poetry slams,

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May 17

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Jan 7

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Writers in the Schools End of Residency Reading

Hear students from Grant High School share their creative writing during this live reading event! These students participated in our semester-long Writers in the Schools (WITS) creative writing residencies. Each residency is unique, tailored to support, deepen, and extend existing curriculum, and to contribute to student achievement in reading and writing. WITS teachers will also

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Writing Classes   Youth Events  

Online Teen Creative Writing Workshop: Free

This 90-minute creative writing workshop is a laid-back session taught via Zoom that is open to high school students at all skills levels interested in writing. Students will be guided through fun, imaginative writing exercises and flex their creative muscles with plenty of time to chat with fellow writers. Limited to 20 students. All genres.

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Apr 30

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Nov 11

Portland Book Festival   Young Adult   Youth Events  

The Seeds to Plant the Future: WITS 2019–20 Anthology Launch

Join Portland public high school students as they read from their work featured in the 2019–20 Writers in the Schools anthology, The Seeds to Plant the Future. Pre-order your copy of the book here! (Ships December 2020) To view this event, go to: https://www.pdxbookfest.org/daily-live-stream/ If you have not done so already, you will need to register for

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Thursday

Nov 12

Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   Young Adult   Youth Events  

Youth Workshop: Hopes/Fears/Feathers: The Art of the Notebook and the Bird in Your Yard

In this workshop we’ll identify and then banish fears, generate new work on the page and examine ways the writer’s notebook can help to focus our attention, capture stories and make sense during unsettled times. We’ll look at poems by Claudia Rankine and Emily Dickinson and watch New York birder Christian Cooper nerd out on

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Saturday

Nov 14

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Free Events   Picture Book   Portland Book Festival   Writing Classes   Youth Events  

SOLD OUT: Youth Workshop: Portal to an Alternate Universe

Young writers will find an ordinary object, indoors or outdoors, that can magically transform into a portal to an altered universe! We’ll sketch it out and add descriptive words. Then we will use a guided visualization and literary models like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Wildwood to help create a scene. It

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Nov 14

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Jan 19

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WITS Reading: Gresham High School

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has served public high school students with creative writing residencies in Portland, and more recently Gresham, since 1996. Published local writers collaborate with classroom teachers to lead an immersive semester-long workshop series designed to further class themes, curricula, and student interests. Each residency culminates with a public reading, ordinarily held

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Wednesday

Jan 27

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WITS Reading: Benson High School

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has served public high school students with creative writing residencies in Portland, and more recently Gresham, since 1996. Published local writers collaborate with classroom teachers to lead an immersive semester-long workshop series designed to further class themes, curricula, and student interests. Each residency culminates with a public reading, ordinarily held

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Wednesday

Jan 27

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WITS Reading: Madison High School

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has served public high school students with creative writing residencies in Portland, and more recently Gresham, since 1996. Published local writers collaborate with classroom teachers to lead an immersive semester-long workshop series designed to further class themes, curricula, and student interests. Each residency culminates with a public reading, ordinarily held

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Wednesday

Feb 3

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WITS Reading: Parkrose High School

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has served public high school students with creative writing residencies in Portland, and more recently Gresham, since 1996. Published local writers collaborate with classroom teachers to lead an immersive semester-long workshop series designed to further class themes, curricula, and student interests. Each residency culminates with a public reading, ordinarily held

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Wednesday

Mar 3

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Pop Culture Poems! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

This workshop will take a look at the ways poetry and pop culture intersect. We will practice inhabiting the voices of fictional characters, historical figures, and celebrities when tackling important themes in the work we create – from the likes of Mario to Frida Kahlo, Beyonce to Jon Snow. Led by Julia Gaskill, this workshop

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Monday

Mar 8

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All About Slam! a Q&A Session | #Virtualandia! 2021

Learn about the slam poetry process, #Virtualandia, and ask any questions you have whether it's about form, performance tips, or inspiration sources. This Q&A session will be led by local experts in slam poetry—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jordan Wolmut, 2019 Verselandia! grand slam champion and Brave

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Wednesday

Mar 10

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From the Page to the Stage! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

You've got the words, so how do you say them? This workshop will provide the author different methods for how to bring out the best performance out of themself and their poem. We’ll read and discuss a few poems, practice some fresh techniques together, and have plenty of time for questions. -- RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtualandia-2021-workshop-and-qa-sessions-tickets-142756002045

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Friday

Mar 12

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Feedback Session #1 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Jacque Dixon and Julia Gaskill. -- sign up here: tinyurl.com/virtualandia-feedback-21 -- Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback

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Thursday

Mar 18

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Feedback Session #2 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Jacque Dixon and Alex Dang. -- sign up here: tinyurl.com/virtualandia-feedback-21 -- Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback

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Monday

Mar 29

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Performance that Pops! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

Refine your performance chops in anticipation of #Virtualandia! and more at this workshop co-led by two amazing slam poets—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jolly Wrapper, third place Verselandia! 2018 winner and Brave New Voices poet. Topics may include projecting your voice with confidence, extending metaphors, transitioning themes,

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Tuesday

Mar 30

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Feedback Session #3 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Julia Gaskill and Alex Dang. -- sign up here: tinyurl.com/virtualandia-feedback-21 -- Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback

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