InsideOut’s Louder Than a Bomb Virtual Youth Poetry Festival Hub
The Coronavirus may have prevented us from hosting our annual festival in Detroit this year, but it didn’t shut us down! Essential Words: Louder Than a Bomb Virtual Youth Poetry Festival is InsideOut’s online offering of writers first aid, facilitated workshops and digital open mics — all created for teens (ages 13-19) and modeled on our award-winning after-school program Citywide Poets.
Here, in the Essential Words Hub, there’s still plenty to do. Check out the writing prompts and guided lessons below for teens to explore independently (or with the help of an instructor) to increase your literary vocabulary, discover new writers, and add to your toolbox of creative expression.
WRITERS FIRST AID
How sharp are your five senses? Reconnect with the memories and tiny details that inspire your story, no matter what form your storytelling takes. With these open-ended writing prompts, we encourage you to simply put pen to paper and see what happens.
If you missed LTAB Online in May, you’re in luck: Developed by InsideOut’s talented Writers-in-Residence, these guided lessons include everything you need to re-create a meaningful exploration of writing craft through a social justice lens. Each lesson includes a glossary of literary terms, example texts from some of our favorite poets, and helpful links to supplemental material.
Detroit Creativity Project
A big part of the Louder Than a Bomb festival experience are the dynamic performances that accompany the raw poetry and storytelling of young writers. Hosted by our partners at Detroit Creativity Project, these video exercises in improvisation are designed to help youth use their poetry to take creative risks on the stage and on the page. Click here for a full playlist of DCP improv exercises you can do at home, example texts from some of our favorite poets, and helpful links to supplemental material.
InsideOut’s Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival is made possible with generous support from
Essential Words Final Stage is supported in part by Poets & Writers, thanks to a grant from the Hearst Foundations.