Our creative and expository writing workshops spark imagination and teach skills. In our workshops, reluctant writers and aspiring authors can write dystopian fiction, poems in forts, college entrance essays, and more.
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When Fabric Speaks (at BFI Yesler Terrace)
Saturdays: January 20, January 27 / Grades 6-8 | 10 am - noon / at 221 10th Ave S, Seattle WA 98104
In this two-day workshop, students will learn about the history of using quilts to share messages. We’ll get crafty with fabric and words and you’ll leave this workshop with a mini-quilt of your own design as well as the stories woven in it. At BFI Yesler Terrace: 221 10th Ave S, Seattle WA 91804.
Led by LAKESHA KIMBROUGH, a Seattle native who has worked with children, youth and families in a variety of capacities (preschool teacher, Education Coordinator, literacy specialist, Education Advocate) for nearly 16 years. When not working, LaKesha enjoys reading, writing, knitting, baking, social justice work, and engaging in history related learning and activities, some of which is done through researching her family history. LaKesha is also a Program Manager at BFI’s new Yesler Terrace satellite headquarters.
All-City Comics Club (ACCC)
Saturdays: October 14, November 11, December 9, January 13 / 1 pm - 4 pm | Students entering grades 6-12
Love to draw comics and want to meet other teens that do too? Interested in learning a few tips from professional comics artists? Join us for the All-City Comics Club, the monthly comics meet-up at BFI! At each three-hour meeting, participating artists will create a page or two of comics, which will then be gathered in a mini-comic publication, with a new publication created each month. ACCC will have all the materials students will need to draw comics, so just show up with your imagination! (But if you’ve got a beloved sketchbook or set of pencils you love to use, feel free to bring ‘em along.)
ACCC is a “drop-in” program only. No pre-registration is required. However, please RSVP so we can know how many students to expect.
Led by David Lasky, the co-author of the Eisner-Award-winning graphic novel Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song. But he is better known to children as the guy who colored Cece Bell’s awesome graphic novel, El Deafo, a Newbery Honor Book. He teaches comics at numerous venues in the Seattle area, including Richard Hugo House and Coyote Central.
Spoken Word Circle (at BFI Yesler Terrace)
Every Other Wednesday: January 17, 2018 - June 9, 2018 / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Grades 9-12 / at 221 10th Ave S Seattle, WA 98104
The Bureau of Fearless Ideas is pleased to invite high school students who are interested in developing and strengthening their voice through poetry and performance to join us for our Spoken Word Circle at BFI's new Yesler Terrace Field Office. Students will work with Geneva Taylor to find their writing and performance voice, write poetry that conveys messages important to them, and gain insight about how to select the proper pieces for the proper audiences. Students will have the opportunity to hear from local spoken word artists as well as share their work at a performance in June. Each student will also receive a published copy of a collection of the group’s work. All skill levels are welcome.
Led by Geneva Taylor, a native Seattleite and a Program Manager working with children and families to help ensure access to quality tutoring and other programming. Geneva has been writing poetry for 19 years, since she was in middle school. In high school, she spread her wings and became a spoken word artist. She hopes that students who participate in the Spoken Word Circle will walk away "understanding and expressing themselves better." Her hope is that poetry moves students to "make positive change in their lives and communities."