FREE Poetry Workshops at the Climate Museum

Free poetry workshop opportunity through Climate Speaks, a youth spoken-word training program and competition in New York City presented by the Climate Museum. All current high school students in the New York Metropolitan area are eligible to apply, and registration is free.

Climate Speaks kicks off with climate change and poetry workshops beginning March 24. For more information, please contact the Climate Museum directly at



2016 August Intensive in Partnership with NAACP ACT-SO

This summer middle and high students from the greater NYC metropolitan area participated in a pilot outreach program, August Intensive August 16-19.They engaged in four days of art and writing workshops and field trips too! Art students spent the week learning about and creating zines, social justice posters inspired by Keith Haring and learning how to approach the creation of a compelling portfolio.Writing students spent the week expanding their thinking about poetry, defining their voice in their writings and thinking critically about the scope and content and their portfolios. Students were joined by representatives from ACT-SO, Ashcan Studio of Art, SVA, The New School and Writopia who shared useful information about their program offerings to teens. August Intensive wrapped up with outings to Getty Images, Essence Magazine, Miguel Luciano’s art studio and The New York Times to  experience what it means to be a professional artist/writer.


Thank you to the wonderful instructors and guest speakers who shared their time, positive energy and knowledge!

Another thank you to the awesome people who received students in their place of work:

Last but not least, thank you to the incredible teens who participated in the first ever August Intensive at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. I hope you enjoyed the experience and are off to a fantastic start to the school year. I will be in touch with participants soon with details about a follow-up session created especially for you to have the opportunity and guidance in fine tuning work you plan to submit.

Visit often for updates about upcoming opportunities to participate in free workshops.

Teen Poet Open Mic Tomorrow (8/5) at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Teen Open Mic

Calling all NYC teen poets: READ.WRITE.NOW!

Writopia Lab in NYC is hosting an open mic for teen poets at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café tomorrow evening (August 5th) from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to try out that new poem you’ve been working on this summer, while working the same stage graced by the likes of Ntozake Shange, Sandra Maria Esteves, Edwin Torres, and many, many more!  Bring your friends, bring your family, and bring a poem or two to share.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children under 18, and FREE for all performers.  Please RSVP with Danielle at to secure a spot.

Need a little inspiration?  Take a look at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2014 Portfolio Silver Medalist, Michal Leibowitz, reciting her poem “To Voltaire From A Jew” at last year’s open mic.