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 was 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.
And we’ve put it all here in InsideOut’s Essential Words Hub. Revisit some of our favorite writing prompts and dig into a few new, guided lessons designed to help teens expand their literary vocabulary, discover new writers, and add to their toolbox of creative expression through improv and physical movement. Although we can’t match the magic of our in-person sessions, what waits for you below will bring you pretty close in the meantime. Write on + be well.