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Each year, iO invites more than 150 young writers from our residency program in Metro Detroit schools to the campus of Wayne State University for the Youth Writers Conference spanning nearly every genre of writing. For students, the event is a daylong dive into literary life.

“The Youth Writers Conference is one of the most exciting things that we do. Students get an opportunity to immerse themselves in a day of writing and explore aspects of form and technique with some of the region’s most acclaimed writers,” says iO Associate Director Alise Alousi. “It is modeled after professional writing conferences, allowing students to choose areas they wish to explore and writers they’d like to learn with.”

The 2018 conference will take place on Thursday, April 19th at McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University.

The Youth Writers Conference is open to schools who participate in our School Residency program. Have questions about how to bring InsideOut to your school? Send us an email.


2018 Keynote: Natasha “T” Miller



Natasha T Miller is a Detroit native, performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the Artists Inn Detroit. Natasha has been a member of four national slam teams, starred in a national Sprite commercial and a Shinola CNN ad. She is a Women of the World Poetry Slam three-time finalist. She has awed audiences across the world at more than a hundred universities and venues, performing in stadiums for as many as 30,000 people. She has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Entrepreneur, and many more. Natasha currently tours the world using her words to enlighten, create equality, and most importantly spread truth, and forgiveness in the tradition of so many great leaders before her.

The conference is presented with generous support from:
The National Book Foundation, Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation, Shinola, Wayne State University Bookstore, and Scholastic.

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