September 28, 2019 On Campus
2019-09-28 10:00 2019-09-28 16:30 America/New_York Young Writers' Symposium Kemper Auditorium Andover

Young Writers' Symposium

10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Kemper Auditorium

Free and open to high school students (Advance reservations required.)

The Andover Writers’ Alliance (AWA) presents a day-long creative writing symposium engaging local high school students in hands-on workshops with accomplished, inspiring writers.

Fiction, poetry, and spoken word workshops will be led by a host of powerhouse artist-educators, including Pulitzer-prize finalist, Susan Choi. Choi, author of five novels, including 2019’s Trust Exercise, teaches fiction writing at Yale.

Students will also have opportunities to participate in workshops with:

  • Amaryllis Lopez, an Afro-Puerto Rican poet, born and raised in Lawrence, MA, whose work explores themes of womanhood, colonialism, and Blackness. Lopez is the Program Director for Lawrence-based art and social justice non-profit Elevated Thought as well as a Writing Leader for Andover Bread Loaf.
  • Yaneris Collado, creator of the innovative Literacy through Hip-Hop curriculum where she taught at the Chelsea (Mass.) REACH program. Founder of Urban Arts Theater in Salem State University and subsequently the Urbanology theater team. Collado is now the new Network Coordinator of Andover Bread Loaf. Her workshops consist of analyzing spoken word poetry, hip-hop lyrics and leading community conversation. She also incorporates meditation and theater exercises in her work.
  • Jamele Adams, known as Harlym 1Two5 (or is Harlym 1Two5 also known as Jamele Adams?), is prominent in both the NYC and Boston poetry scenes. Adams, Dean of Students at Brandeis University, has been called, “the human highlight of poetry and edu-activism.”
  • Kate McQuade, instructor in the English Department at Phillips Academy, writes fiction and poetry. McQuade is currently on a national tour promoting her new and acclaimed collection of short stories,Tell Me Who We Were, just out from William Morrow/Harper Collins.

AWA is a student organization that exists to promote a campus culture of creative writing outside the classroom. Contact Corrie Martin (Instructor in English) or or William Leggat ’20, for more information about the club and to register for the event!

The Young Writers' Symposium is made possible by a grant from the Abbot Academy Fund, continuing Abbot's tradition of boldness, innovation, and caring.

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