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Our Mission: The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. At Fearless Ideas, we believe significant learning happens with individual attention and that strong writing skills are essential for future success.
At least once a week someone asks what's going on with BFI's proposed expansion to White Center. Well, a gas explosion here and a flood there can't keep us from opening another BFI location in South Seattle. We are doing a ton of work down there but focusing on residencies in the schools as we build our knowledge and figure out the perfect place for our White Center HQ. Stay tuned!
WE'RE BACK! Sorta! Some of us are at our reconstructed Greenwood headquarters doing the Great Unpacking, others down at Phinney Neighborhood Association for the final week of our awesome Summer Workshops. Nevertheless, we're back enough that the exquisite text that covered the windows blasted out by the Greenwood Kaboom is BACK ON FRESH WINDOWS, and oh we are so happy.
Another week, another round of awesomely productive Summer Workshops! This time, students in the "Poetry From Thin Air" workshop created a gorgeous chapbook, "From Thin Air." Read just one of these poems and marvel at our student creativity.
BFI's Summer Workshops are in full swing and packed to capacity, with students writing everything from stories of adventure and apocalypse to Star Wars poetry. Above is the book of songs that students created in our Songwriting Club, under the guidance of real-life rock musicians Eric Anderson (Cataldo), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Claire England (Dude York)! Wanna hear the songs? Head to our Soundcloud!
If you yearn to work for BFI, please check out our openings! You can be the next Executive Director, who will lead us to greater 21st-century glory. Or manage Greenwood Space Travel Supply, a one-of-a-kind store and outlet for outreach, as our next Store Coordinator! (Our beloved Executive Director, Teri Hein, will step down in October.)
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Hello BFI Fans! It’s July. In three months, I will no longer be the Executive Director of BFI. How does it feel? GREAT! No, wait! SAD! But sort of exciting. And everything else. Change is good for humans and organizations and while I plan to lurk in the hallways doing interesting things...//more
Teri’s Next Adventure (A True Story) Let’s cut to the chase: In October I will be stepping down as leader of BFI. (I’m not kidding.) In 2003, after many years of teaching children in wildly interesting settings (rich kids in Honduras, migrant kids in California, and...//more
UPDATED June 28, 2016 Despite damage from the March 9 gas explosion, we are still at work! Most recently: Summer workshops are under way! Programs are filling up fast! Check here to see the list and register! We now meet just a mile south of our old spot at the Phinney...//more
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BFI is powered by a corps of amazing volunteer agents. Here's but one of them, lightly interrogated via the game we like to call "One Agent, Three Questions."
What do you love most about working with BFI?
Sometimes, kids who are trying to write the end of a story say, "I have no idea what to write," so I throw out a couple of silly or boring ideas. They look at me and say, "No, that's not how it goes!" and their pencil hits the paper and doesn't stop moving for half an hour.
What is your earliest memory of reading/writing as a kid?
The first nonfiction story I remember writing was in second grade. It was about a family vacation and was called "Toronto and Canada." I still have it, shiny wallpaper cover and all. In third grade I won a young author's award for "The Glass Slipper Mystery," which I really wish I still had because I don't remember the plot. I wonder if there were any copyright issues.
What are you reading right now? Any recommendations?
"Corduroy" books are currently in heavy rotation with my 3-1/2-year-old niece.
Interested in becoming a BFI volunteer agent? Here's the volunteer application!