Youth Programs at Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival
The 2016 Wordstock festival featured free admission for those 17 and younger and students with a valid high school ID. This event featured activities for youth throughout the day, including author events, student performances, pop-up readings, writing workshops, and more.
Wordstock is for readers and writers of all ages! We are thrilled to offer activities for youth throughout the festival. Attend the event for free, sign up for writing workshops, and hear students read their own creative writing. Wordstock admission also includes all-day entry to the Portland Art Museum’s permanent exhibits.
Youth Workshop at Wordstock included:
Jam Comics for High School Students
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. in the Crumpacker Library
Cost: FREE (advance registration required)
Clear storytelling is the most important part of making comics. But what if you aren’t the only one telling the story? This workshop for high school students focuses on the basics of clear visual storytelling and challenges everyone to follow those guidelines as we collaborate on comics together.
Interactive Poetry for Middle School Students
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Crumpacker Library
Cost: FREE (advance registration required)
In this poetry workshop for middle school (grades 6-8) youth, bilingual (Spanish and English) poet Bettina de León Barrera will provide opportunities for participants to write poetry, collaborate, innovate, and share.
Young Adult Readings & Events included:
(organized by time)
OPB’s Think Out Loud with Sherman Alexie
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Featuring: Sherman Alexie, Dave Miller
Sherman Alexie discusses his first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr., about a boy trying to decide who he is, with OPB’s Dave Miller, host of Think Out Loud.
Something Wicked This Way Comes: Paranormal and Supernatural YA
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. at PCPA Brunish Theatre
Featuring: Virginia Boecker, Tina Connolly, William Ritter, Mod. C.M. Spivey
You know when your wicked witch mom sabotages your chances of a date? Or when the usurper king puts a price on your head? What about when a ghost hires you to solve a real cold case—her own murder? The protagonists of Virginia Boecker’s The King Slayer, Tina Connolly’s Seriously Shifted, and William Ritter’s Ghostly Echoes are dealing with all that and more in these young adult stories of the paranormal and supernatural. Moderated by C.M. Spivey (From Under the Mountain).
Dark Magic: Fantastic YA
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. at The Old Church
Featuring: Renée Ahdieh, Kendare Blake, P.C. Cast, Laini Taylor
Bestselling superstars of young adult fantasy discuss their new books. In The Rose and the Dagger, the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahdieh’s heroine Shahrzad attempts to break a cruse and reunite with her true love. The triplet queens of Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns must fight for their inheritance using their unique magic. And P.C. Cast introduces a new world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed with Moon Chosen. Moderated by Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy.
OPB’s Female Power Hour
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. at PCPA Winningstad Theatre
Featuring: Amber Keyser, Wendy MacNaughton. Ruby McConnell, Caroline Paul, Mods. Julie Sabatier, Allison Frost, Amelia Templeton
Join OPB for Girl Power for all ages! Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton present The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, interviewed by Julie Sabatier; Amber Keyser on The V-Word: Stories of First-Time Sex, interviewed by Allison Frost; and Ruby McConnell with The Woman’s Guide to the Wild, interviewed by Amelia Templeton.
Casually Bringing Monsoons: WITS Anthology Launch
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society
Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a program of Literary Arts that inspires public high school students to write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing. The 2015-16 WITS anthology, Casually Bringing Monsoons, is a collection of exemplary student work from throughout the Portland metro area. Students published in Casually Bringing Monsoons will read alongside WITS teachers and staff.
Out Past Curfew: Tales of Young Love (YA)
3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m. at The Old Church
Featuring: David Arnold, Jay Asher, Jennifer Niven, Nicola Yoon, Alicia Tate
Four best-selling young adult fiction authors discuss the young love and romance at the center of their new books. Vic and Mac of David Arnold’s Kids of Appetite are falling in love amidst a murder investigation; Sierra and Caleb of What Light, by Jay Asher, meet on Sierra’s family’s Christmas tree lot; Libby and Jack find surprising connection after being forced together in Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe; and Natasha and Daniel are star-crossed lovers in Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is also a Star. Moderated by Alicia Tate of Multnomah County Library.
Family Drama: Past/Present/Future YA
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. at Oregon Historical Society
Featuring: Peter Rock, Paula Stokes, Cat Winters, Alison Kastner
Teen heroes search for answers in thet past, present, and future in these three new young adult books: In the 1920s Oregon of Cat Winters’ The Steep and Thorny Way, Hanalee Denney searches for her father’s killer, who might be her new stepfather. In present-day Portland, Vivan tells of her older sister’s disappearance, return, and disappearance in Peter Rock’s Klickitat. Winter Kim, a digital stunt girl, untangles the mystery of her sister’s murder in Paula Stoke’s futuristic Vicarious. Moderated by Alison Kastner of Multnomah County Library.