Free, online via Zoom
How can poems help our lives? Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate, leads this friendly writing workshop for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 — no experience in poetry necessary. This online workshop, taking place via Zoom, will involve simple strategies for writing around the general topics of attention and gratitude, with some on-the-spot note-taking and sharing of ideas and work. After two hours, participants will have rough drafts of at least 3-4 poems of their own. Bring paper and pen. Bring an open mind about your own writing powers and potential. We are all richer in resources than we think we are. How do we welcome some of our thoughts and insights onto the page? No stress. You don’t have to dress up! Register for the workshop
Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, lived in Jerusalem and now lives in San Antonio, Texas. Palestinian American, she started writing poems at the age of 6 and believes “we are all living in poems.” She has published more than 30 books of poetry and prose and conducted writing workshops all over the world since college days. Nye was named by The Poetry Foundation as the Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2019-2021, making her the first Arab American to earn this honor.