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.
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.