Wanted: Teen Writers in New York

The Fire Escape is pleased to announce two fantastic opportunities for teen writers who live in or near New York City:

#1: Free Writing Workshop for Teens

The South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC) and Marymount Manhattan College invite teens age 13-17 to a FREE writing workshop with Marina Budhos, assistant professor of English at William Paterson University and author of The Professor of Light, House of Waiting, and Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. Her wonderful young adult novel, Ask Me No Questions, recently received starred reviews in the Horn Book and Booklist.

This workshop is co-sponsored by South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) as part of Mixed Messages, SAWCC's fourth annual literary festival, and will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2006, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st Street. To register, email your name, age, and school to sawcclitfest(at)gmail.com. Participation is limited to 12 students, so sign up soon!

#2: Youth Writing and Performance Project

This summer, the Asian American Writers' Workshop is offering a writing project for
youth that focuses on capturing personal experiences in the form of creative non-fiction, stories based on real life, essays and journals. Where I'm Calling From is a way for you to pinpoint your location in life and the geography of your situation. WICF is open to youth, grades 9 - 12, from all racial backgrounds in New York City and surrounding areas. All youth who participate in WICF will receive an artist stipend of $200, based on commitment, attendance and participation. Applications accepted and admitted on a rolling basis but no later than Monday, June 5, 2006, with results announced by mid-June.